Communist-backed groups have staged protests in Athens and Crete, include a rally on Sunday by 5,000 demonstrators in the capital.

Several hundred students linked to the Communist party are rallying outside Greece’s parliament to protest government support for airstrikes against Libya by NATO allies.

Protesters burned a European Union flag before Monday’s peaceful march.

Greece has no direct involvement in the air and missile attacks on Libya that began Saturday. Still it has sent a navy frigate to the region and has offered the use of its air bases to the countries involved. The United States has also used a navy base on the Greek island of Crete to build up Libya—bound forces.

Communist—backed groups have staged protests in Athens and Crete, include a rally on Sunday by 5,000 demonstrators in the capital.

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