|Posted by George Freund on October 19, 2014 at 9:30 AM|
Loukanikos (Greek: Λουκάνικος: sausage) or more commonly Louk, sometimes confused by the media for Kanellos, has been present at nearly every recent protest in Athens in the past few years. This stray has ostensibly become the symbol of Greek protests against the IMF- and ECB-prompted austerity measures. There's uncertainty about the claim that Loukanikos and Thodoris may, in fact, be the same dog.
In September 2011, on the occasion of a striking policemen's union marching in the centre of Athens, Loukanikos, according to eyewitnesses, was "initially confused" between two opposite sides both of uniformed policemen but, when the riot police contingent attacked their striking colleagues, the dog sided with "those who were being attacked."
Loukanikos' health was "severely burdened" by the inhaling of tear gas and other chemicals during the many riots in which he participated but lived until approximately ten years of age, dying peacefully in May 2014 at the home of a person who cared for him.
When the time arrives for the struggle for Liberty, remember Loukanikos. The struggle against the forces of darkness and outright evil requires heroes. Sometimes they have four legs not two. Man's best friend was a friend to his entire nation and the world. When the need arose, he did not shirk his responsibilities. Will you?