Athens Protest Dog Loukanikos – Person of the Year 2011
Athens Protest Dog Loukanikos – Person of the Year 2011. He first showed up in 2008 riots and has been active ever since. Here you can see him in front of a demonstration in downtown of Athens. A constant of the protests in Greece is the Loukanikos the Riot Dog, whose name means “Sausage” in Greek. This dog, who has been sighted at protests since 2008, apparently has no fear of tear gas, loud explosions, crowds, riot police or fire and is known across the world.
Loukanikos is apparently the successor to Kanellos, the original Greek Riot Dog who passed away in 2005.
It’s not clear who exactly owns Loukanikos, how old he is or what attracts him to these apocalyptic street battles between police and protestors. What is certain is that he loves tear gas. And barking at riot police.
Loukanikos has his own site! http://www.loukanikos.com
Loukanikos, Louk, Thodoris; Like many other heroic figures through time, this brave riot dog goes under a lot of names. Loukanikos made it in TIMES for Person of the Year 2011.