Nov 17, 2014 1:00 PM

Greece: 20,000 join annual protest to US embassy

The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) Protesters clashed briefly with riot police during an otherwise peaceful rally of 20,000 people in Athens Monday to mark the 41st anniversary of a deadly student uprising against the country's former dictatorship.

Police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a few dozen demonstrators who were breaking up paving stones to throw at officers, but no injuries or arrests were reported.

The annual rally to the U.S. embassy was policed by some 7,000 officers, deployed to prevent a potential repeat of violence seen in previous years.

In the northern port city of Thessaloniki, about 14,000 people marched peacefully to the local U.S. consulate.

The 1973 Polytechnic Uprising challenged the dictatorship, and police and the army responded by opening fire against demonstrators and bystanders around a central Athens campus. The regime collapsed the following year.

Although anniversary marches protest against U.S. backing of the 1967-74 dictatorship, participants at more recent rallies have also voiced anger at harsh ongoing austerity measures in the bailed out country.


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