Clashes surface after Greeks march to mark 1973 student revolt

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greek police clashed with young protestors in central Athens on Saturday after thousands marched to mark the anniversary of any violently quashed student uprising in 1973 that helped topple the military junta.

More than 10,000 demonstrators marched peacefully in the center of Athens, that has been heavily guarded by police.

They held banners reading “Resistance” and chanted slogans associated with Greece’s eight-year debt crisis that generated three international bailouts in return for deep austerity cuts.

The procession ended in the embassy of the us, which many Greeks accuse of experiencing supported the 1967-1974 seven-year military dictatorship.

After the march ended, clashes broke out between police and protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs their way in the district of Exarchia, home to Athens Polytechnic, where dozens died in 1973.

Greek TV station Alpha showed images of police firing tear gas at demonstrators located in the Polytechnic. Other protesters built street barricades with chairs or threw petrol bombs from rooftops. Police deployed a water cannon to disperse the competition.

Earlier, most people laid wreaths and carnations with the Athens Polytechnic to honor those killed while in the 1973 revolt.

(Writing by Renee Maltezou and Michele Kambas; Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Louise Heavens)

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