Police in Athens, Greece used pepper spray on dozens of protesters in the city's historic Syntagma Square on Friday, two days ahead of a major economic bailout referendum that could lead to the country's exit from the Eurozone.
The anti-government protesters' clashes with police were overall brief, and no major injuries were reported. They came just before a major "no" rally, which was supported by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's administration. Overall about 25,000 people arrived for the demonstration, police told the Associated Press.
AP reported that police used the pepper spray to stop the protesters from throwing objects and destroying property around the square.
Tsipras is asking voters to reject a proposal, backed by European lenders, for more austerity measures in exchange for an economic bailout. If the "no" votes win, it's possible Greece may no longer use the Euro. Tsipras has insisted that would not happen.
There was a "yes" rally not far from the "no" rally on Friday that drew about 17,000 demonstrators, police said
Here's some of the action from the ground:
And here are some aerial photos:
Friday was the last day of campaigning ahead of the vote:
Tsipras later rallied the crowd with a speech and chants
Tom Namako is the deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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