Athens Police clash with anti-Syriza protesters

Feb 26, 2015, 5:29 PM EST
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. (Bloomberg/Getty)
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. (Bloomberg/Getty)

Around 450 anti-government protesters took to the streets of central Athens Thursday, Reuters reports. Several demonstrators damaged property, burnt cars and smashed windows, leading to clashes with the police. The riot is said to be the first of its kind since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Syriza party took power last month. 

Syriza is a far-left party that was elected on an anti-austerity platform. Tsipras has butt heads with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other E.U. officials over the harsh terms of Greece's economic bailout in 2010, which sparked a humanitarian crisis in his country. 

According to Yahoo News, the protesters may have been leftists themselves who were unhappy with Syriza's compromises with Brussels. Many reportedly dressed in black and pelted stones at police, sources say.