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Greece’s riot dog returns

Greece’s riot dog returns

The clashes last week between protesters and police outside Greece’s parliament brought back into the spotlight Athens’s best-known demonstrator-cum-mascot: Loukanikos, the riot dog. Loukanikos has been a fixture at the protests that have engulfed Greece intermittently since December 2008. There’s some dispute over the dog’s name; reports from 2010 identify him as Kanellos (“Cinnamon”), but more recent coverage (and his Facebook fan page) refers to him as Loukanikos (“Sausage”). Yahoo and KnowYourMeme suggest that Kanellos was the name of the riot dog before Loukanikos that passed away in 2008.

Whatever his name, though, he’s clearly not one to shirk from a fight. These photos come from his latest appearance on the front lines:

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Images of Loukanikos at protests in spring 2010:

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