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A night of protests in Athens


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A night of protests in Athens

The Greek ultranationalist Golden Dawn party has said it will find a way to contest local and European elections in May despite a crackdown on the party.

Around 3000 supporters gathered in Athens to mark the anniversary of a 1996 dispute between Greece and Turkey but the gathering soon turned into a protest over the detention of party leader Nikos Mihaloliakos and five other lawmakers on charges of running a criminal gang .

Two opinion polls released last week revealed that the party would receive around 9% or 10% of the vote if elections were held now.

In response to the Golden Dawn rally, a demonstration was held by leftist extremists in central Athens.

Scuffles broke out between protesters and police with stun grenades and teargas used to disperse the crowd on the streets and in the city’s metro system.

Six people were detained and one arrest was made.

Authorities had banned marches through the city to avoid bloody incidents breaking out.

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