Greek protesters in Athens try to bring down Truman statue

Low pressure will develop to the west and higher pressure to the east dragging warm air to Britain

Low pressure will develop to the west and higher pressure to the east dragging warm air to Britain

After the USA launched airstrikes in Syria on Friday evening in response to alleged chemical attacks against civilians, communist party members attempted to topple the statue by cutting its feet with a metal cutter and attaching ropes to it.

Around 700 people were demonstrating at the time, part of a wave of protests against this weekend's aerial bombing campaign in Syria by the United States, France and Britain.

The group of the supporters of the Communist Party of Greece tried to demolish the statue of Harry Truman, the 33 President of the United States of America, as a protest.

Greek protesters have clashed with police who used tear gas to disperse the crowd, according to Reuters. At least three protesters were injured, with blood visible on their heads.

Several hundred KKE supporters joined a march to the US Embassy, a couple of miles from the statue, in the third demonstration in Athens against Saturday's air strikes on what Western powers said were Syrian chemical weapons installations.

The protesters have also burnt the American flag. The statue has been covered in paint on numerous occasions, and it had to be replaced in 1986 after it was bombed. In 1999 it returned to its pedestal just in time for an official visit to Athens by then U.S. president Bill Clinton.

Many also believe Washington backed the military junta that ruled Greece from 1967-74 as well as the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 following a brief Greek-backed coup.