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Protesters Clash With Riot Police Near US Embassy in Athens: Reports

© REUTERS / Yannis BehrakisRiot policemen clash with protesters at a rally marking the 41st anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against a US backed military dictatorship in Greece.
Riot policemen clash with protesters at a rally marking the 41st anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against a US backed military dictatorship in Greece. - Sputnik International
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Protesters clashed with riot police after a peaceful march marking the 41st anniversary of the 1973 deadly student uprising against the Regime of the Colonels in Greece.

MOSCOW, November 18 (Sputnik) — Approximately a dozen people have reportedly been injured as protesters clashed with riot police after a peaceful march marking the 41st anniversary of the 1973 deadly student uprising against the military junta, as evidenced by numerous accounts on social media.

Over 30,000 people took part in marches across Greece, according to AFP, citing local officials. The march in Athens attracted as many as 18,000 people burning flags of the United States and the European Union near the US embassy.

A 7,000-strong police force was deployed to disperse crowds in Athens should they turn violent, as seen in previous years, the Associated Press reported. Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades as protesters hurled stones and plastic bottles at them. Over 70 people were detained, with the majority later released.

The march, organized by the left and labor unions, is held annually on November 17. On that day in 1973, the Regime of the Colonels, backed by the US, brutally suppressed a revolt by students from the Polytechnic University in Athens, leaving dozens killed.

In recent years Greeks have used the occasion to voice their dissatisfaction with government policies, protesting against austerity measures imposed on Greece as part of an international bailout.

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