Greece's "Riot Dog" Sides With Protesters

06/30/2011

Riot-dog-01-625x450 He must really hate Greece's austerity measures. Allegedly present at nearly every riot, braving police with teargas, he is an unlikely hero (of whoever is protesting).

He is a dog.

Photographers for news agencies started noticing this yellow dog appearing in their photos from the riots starting in 2008 and every riot since and realized that it has been the same dog, Loukanikos, every time.

As Greece is struggling with cuts in public spending, Loukanikos and his pack of working class humans have been rebelling on a continual basis.


Riot-dog-02-625x450 Loukanikos (which is the Greek words for “sausage”) also called “riot dog” or “rebel dog,” is a stray mutt who lives in Athens. He exclusively sides with the protesters, maybe because they pet him and feed him loukanikoses, or maybe because he feels sympathetic to the plight of the working class. Or he just really hates the police.

All we know is that he, without fail, barks up the same tree, never turning his back to the rioters.

Last week he was in attendance again at the latest rounds of protests. See him in action in this video.

 

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Photos: ANGELOS TZORTZINIS/AFP/Getty Images | ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images |


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