These photos demonstrate what it looks like to be set ablaze while riding a motorcycle. Thanks to speedy reactions from his colleagues, this cop escaped with only minor injuries, belying the dramatic nature of the photos.
A small group of protestors began rioting during protests against government austerity measures in Athens on Wednesday, hurling chunks of pavement and marble at police. When riot cops began tackling protestors with their bikes, molotov cocktails were hurled.
The Greek economy was recently bailed out of bankruptcy by the European Union and International Monetary Fund and is now slashing spending on public programs and on the salaries and benefits of public sector workers.
15 policemen, including this motorcyclist, were injured during the riot.