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Clashes at commemorative rally in Athens

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Clashes at commemorative rally in Athens


Thousands of people have been protesting in Athens at an annual rally marking the anniversary of an uprising in 1973 that helped to bring down the country’s military dictatorship.

This year’s demonstration was swelled by Greeks marching against austerity measures.

The rally is the first test of public defiance for new prime minister Lucas Papademos, coming a day after his unity goverment won a confidence vote.

The interim cabinet insists planned reforms are needed to secure the next installment of a huge bailout loan.

There were clashes outside parliament as petrol bombs were thrown and police responded with tear gas.

The November 17 march 38 years ago was in protest at US support for the military dictatorship.

The rally helped to bring down the leadership at the time. Some see history repeating itself but the government at least appears united with the backing of both main opposition leaders.

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