Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Saturday, November 20, 1999 Published at 04:50 GMT

World: Europe

Athens riots for Clinton visit

Thousands of anti-American protestors in the Greek capital, Athens, have clashed with riot police as President Clinton arrived for a short visit.

Demonstrators set fire to shops, offices and banks, and fought running battles against police, who responded with rounds of teargas.

A number of people were injured.

The protests were linked to Greek anger at the NATO bombing campaign against Serbia; they were the biggest for many years in Athens, and among the worst during a foreign trip by Mr Clinton.

At a banquet given by the Greek President, Constantinos Stephanopoulos, Mr Clinton said both countries had fought hard to guarantee their people the right to passionate debate. The authorities completely sealed off the area of Athens where Mr Clinton is staying.

In his talks with Greek leaders, he is promoting American business, and better relations between Greece and Turkey.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage |

Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia

In this section

Violence greets Clinton visit

Russian forces pound Grozny

EU fraud: a billion dollar bill

Next steps for peace

Cardinal may face loan-shark charges

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

Trans-Turkish pipeline deal signed

French party seeks new leader

Jube tube debut

Athens riots for Clinton visit

UN envoy discusses Chechnya in Moscow

Solana new Western European Union chief

Moldova's PM-designate withdraws

Chechen government welcomes summit

In pictures: Clinton's violent welcome

Georgia protests over Russian 'attack'

UN chief: No Chechen 'catastrophe'

New arms control treaty for Europe

From Business
Mannesmann fights back

EU fraud -- a billion-dollar bill

New moves in Spain's terror scandal

EU allows labelling of British beef

UN seeks more security in Chechnya

Athens riots for Clinton visit

Russia's media war over Chechnya

Homeless suffer as quake toll rises

Analysis: East-West relations must shift