11/17/2005

Athens Police Attacked

A group of anarchists mounted a spate of attacks on policemen in central Athens on Wednesday afternoon in the build up to the annual commemoration of the 1973 student uprising.

As a result of the 1973 student uprising, in which 13 people died and hundreds were injured, all state forces are banned from Colleges around Greece. This includes of course the police.

Anarchists threw Molotov cocktails at the policemen guarding the Chemistry University, forcing the policemen to flee. A police car was completely burnt down after the youths forced an officer out of the car. They then attacked the police guarding the main opposition party
PASOK's headquarters.

The police fired back a riot control grenade and the anarchists escaped. Greece has mobilized nearly 6,500 police officers to tighten security in the capital during the annual march honoring the victims of the 1973 student uprising against the country's former military regime beginning on Thursday. Central Athens will be sealed off from Thursday afternoon. The anniversary is traditionally marked by heavy rioting.

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