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Violence has erupted in Greece at a rally to mark the anniversary of a 1973 student uprising.

Police fired teargas at a small group of stone-throwing protesters as thousands marched through Athens.

The annual event is usually marred by trouble, as self-proclaimed anarchists clash with police, but this year heavy rain seemed to dampen spirits.

Nevertheless, some 17,000 students, teachers and pensioners took to the streets to chant slogans more relevant to Greece’s current debt crisis.

One protester said he hoped the rally would act as a springboard for others. “We need to send a powerful message to the EU, the IMF and the Greek government, so that we can rescind the austerity measures,” he added.

Dozens are believed to have been killed in 1973 when tanks smashed through the gates of Athens Polytechnic University to crush a revolt that led to the end of the military dictatorship.

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