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Saturday, 20 November, 1999, 00:58 GMT
In pictures: Clinton's violent welcome

Thousands of left-wing protesters chanting anti-American slogans have clashed with police and set dozens of shops ablaze at the start of a state visit by President Clinton to Athens.



Protesters carry anti-American and anti-Nato signs. Before arriving in Greece, Mr Clinton said if people wanted to protest, they should have the opportunity to do so.



In the background a riot policeman throws a gas canister, as another tries to stop a photographer capturing the anti-American demonstrations.



Fire-fighters try to extinguish a blaze at a bank attacked by protesters.



Bill and Hillary Clinton receive a warm welcome from the Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos (centre).

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