Since 2008, Greek rioters have had a canine companion named Loukanikos
Youths are pictured during thier protest against the police on December 12, 2008 in Athens. Greece has experienced seven days of riots, as thousands demonstrated in Athens and Thessaloniki to protest the death of a 15-year-old pupil at the hands of Greek police.
June 23rd, 2011
11:18 AM ET

Since 2008, Greek rioters have had a canine companion named Loukanikos

By Everett Rosenfeld, TIME

Loukanikos hates Greece's austerity measures, corrupt politicians and the plight of the Greek everyman. And, as a dedicated protestor, he is willing to brave riot police and tear gas for his beliefs.

Either that, or Athens's most famous stray dog just likes the food and the attention afforded him by Greek demonstrators.

Whatever the cause for his loyalty, Loukanikos (which translates to "Sausage" in English) has barked and marched alongside the protesters since demonstrations in December 2008.

Almost three years later, the stray with a penchant for protests was seen in action again at the latest rounds protests in Athens last week. FULL POST

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Topics: Culture • Economy • Europe • Youth
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