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Greeks burn US, Turkish flags to protest jet downing

A frame grab shows a protester setting fire to the US and Turkish flags during a demonstration against the recent downing of a Russian jet by Turkey in Syria, in Athens, Greece, November 26, 2015.

Greek demonstrators have set ablaze US and Turkish flags in the capital, Athens, to express their strong condemnation of the recent downing of a Russian jet in Syria.

The protesters converged on the central Syntagma Square, and marched toward the Turkish embassy.

They carried banners with messages in condemnation of NATO, and distributed leaflets, demanding that Greece pulls out of the Western military alliance.

Security forces did not allow leader of the left-wing Popular Unity Party Panagiotis Lafazanis to deliver a speech addressed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the protest.

“The whole world is disturbed by the possible consequences of a Russian plane downing by your country,” part of the planned speech revealed to media read.

The protesters further made reference to what they said were daily violations of the Greek airspace by Turkish fighter jets, calling on Greek pilots to shoot down intruding Turkish aircraft.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said the downing of a Russian jet by Turkey was “a stab in the back by the terrorists’ accomplices.” Above, he is seen speaking during a press conference with his French counterpart Francois Hollande (not seen) following a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, November 26, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

They also voiced their support for Russia’s anti-terrorism campaign in the Middle East region, saying there is no excuse for what Turkey has done. “Russia is currently on the frontline not letting this carcinoma grow,” one protester said, adding, “We agree with the Russian president that what Ankara did was a stab in the back.”

NATO member Turkey shot down the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber with two pilots aboard, claiming it had repeatedly violated its airspace. Russia denies the claim, saying the aircraft was downed inside Syria, where Russia has been carrying out operations against the Takfiri Daesh terrorists since September 30 upon a request by the Damascus government.

Based on radar imaging from Russia’s Hmeymim airbase, it was in fact the Turkish jet that violated Syrian airspace to attack the Russian jet.

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