Sad news today — Loukanikos aka Louk, the heroic Riot Dog of Greece, has died peacefully in the home of some protestors who adopted him.

Loukanikos was at the forefront of almost every protest in Athens, and he became the symbol of the anti-austerity protests. This dog appeared out of nowhere, stood up to the police when no humans could, and stayed in the middle of the worst fighting and mayhem. There are eulogies for him across the net today, and the pictures are incredible:

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More pictures on and Crashonline.de (german) and Roarmag.org.

There's also a TIME Magazine photogallery of Loukanikos from 2011.

Godspeed, Louk. Good dog.

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