Kanellos: The Greek Riot Dog

Greek reporters have pointed out a fascinating phenomenon while covering the recent riots in Athens. Since 2008 Kanellos has been turning up at protests all over the city. A review of pictures from two years of riot coverage show the dog barking at police, dodging water cannons, or taking the front line at student demonstrations. While ownership of the dog has not been established, one thing is abundantly clear: Kanellos has an issue with authority.

It would be hard to believe this story were it not for the mounting collection of photographs placing Kanellos in the middle of the action. He has become the mascot of protesters, and something tells me we have not seen the last of him.

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8 thoughts on “Kanellos: The Greek Riot Dog

  1. That's an interesting story. I'm not sure if I'd take my dog to protests, though. For one, he's a bit identifiable and for another, I wouldn't want anything to happen to him. He's quite a dog, though!

  2. The dog has a collar on in some of the photos so may not be a stray. His human ought to do a better job of keeping him safe! that's no place for a dog!

  3. Wow, he's just like Zelig, turning up all over the place where great events are occurring! Or Forrest Gump! Or, um, Dennis the Vizsla …

  4. wow.. that's one interesting dog.. i hope his parents are being careful so he doesn't get hurt at these protests!!

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