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Greek anniversary rally marred by violence

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Greek anniversary rally marred by violence


Violence has flared in Greece during a rally in Athens to mark the anniversary of a 1973 student uprising.

The hotspot was outside the US embassy in the capital. Although in the minority, a group of hooded youths, away from the main the march, hurled rocks and flares in a brief but ugly battle with riot police.

The response was swift but brutal. Using stun grenades and tear gas, authorities made dozens of arrests. One protester was taken to hospital with burns.

The annual parade is usually dogged by trouble, but this year Greece’s current economic difficulties were also a focus for the thousands of marchers.

One protestor 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.

The event commemorates the revolt by students against Greece’s dictatorship 37 years ago. It heralded the end of the junta, but dozens were killed in the uprising when tanks smashed through the gates of Athens Polytechnic University.

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