Toppled tyrants: vandalized statues through the years
Rebel fighters trample on a head of Muammar Qaddafi inside the main compound in Bab al-Aziziya in Tripoli, Libya, on Aug. 23. Sergey Ponomarev/AP
Rebels toppled the iconic statue of a golden fist crushing a US military bomber after overrunning Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's Bab al-Aziziya compound in Tripoli, Libya, and carried it to their camp on Aug. 28. Evrim Aydin/AA/ABACAUSA.COM/Newscom
A man gathers debris from the ruined concrete bust of deposed Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos in Tuba village in northern Benguet province, Philippines, on Dec. 29, 2002, after unidentified persons set off an explosion which damaged the 99-foot statue. Andy Zapata/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom/File
On Oct. 25, 1997, Denis Sassou Nguesso was sworn in as president of the Republic of the Congo. The statue of his predecessor, Pascal Lissouba, whom he defeated in a war that left hundreds dead, lay on the floor of the ruined city of Brazzaville. George Mulala/Reuters/File
On Apr. 9, 2003, an American soldier watched with the US media as a statue of Saddam Hussein fell in Baghdad. The accuracy of the portrayal of the way locals received the event has since been questioned. Goran Tomasevic/Reuters/File
In July of 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall, this statue of Josef Stalin, in Tblisi, Georgia, was photographed in a dressing of white paint. Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/File
This statue of Hosni Mubarak was photographed with its nose and mouth torn out on Aug. 2, the day before he and his six top police officers were to face trial. They had been charged with ordering the use of lethal force against protesters, which resulted in some 850 deaths. Amr Nabil/AP
This photo taken from an amateur video depicts the attack on and eventual burning of a statue of Hafez al-Assad, former president and late father of Syria's current president, Bashar al-Assad. The demonstration took place in Deraa, Syria, on Mar. 25. Abaca Press/Newscom/File
On May 23, 1991, just two days after the ousting of Mengistu Haile Mariam, the communist leader of Ethiopia, a group of young men overturned a statue of Vladimir Lenin in the capital city of Addis Ababa. STF/Newscom/File
The Nelson Column, known informally as Nelson's Pillar, was a monument to British naval hero Horatio Nelson in Dublin. His tall effigy was destroyed on Mar. 8, 1966, when a group of IRA volunteers planted a bomb that brought down the upper half of the pillar. Shortly after, engineers of the Irish Army demolished the rest. Mirrorpix/Newscome/File
On Oct. 18, 2002, less than a week after Columbus day, this statue of the famed explorer was dashed with red paint in Washington, D.C. Chris Maddaloni/Roll Call/Newscom/File
The Vendome Column, located in the Place Vendome, Paris, commemorates Napolean Bonaparte's victory in the Battle of Austerlitz. His statue, placed at the very top, has been taken down and then replaced twice, once in 1816 and again in 1871. Zuma Press/Newscom/File
It remains to be seen whether Syriza had enough seats to govern outright or would have to seek support from other parties. In any event, the win by the radical left group could shake up the eurozone.
ByElena Becatoros, Nicholas Paphitis, and Demetris Nellas, Associated Press
A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting the stage for a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone.