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"Molotov" cocktails and tear gas during the anti-fascist procession

25 September 2013 / 21:09:34  GRReporter
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Clashes between demonstrators and police, and tear gas filled the streets in the Athens district of Ambelokipi during the anti-fascist protest organized by major trade unions and left-wing parties and organizations in Athens.

The procession started from Syntagma Square early in the afternoon. About 18,000 people united around the slogan "no to fascism" and set off to the office of Golden Dawn on Mesogeion Avenue.

In order to avoid confrontation the police had blocked the avenue with police buses which was the cause for the first clashes. Protesters with covered faces started throwing "Molotov" cocktails and set fire to dustbins. Soon after that, the region became a battleground and the procession gradually dispersed. The clashes ended shortly after 9:00 pm and the street traffic was gradually resumed.

Before the start of the procession, the police had seized several people preventively and had taken similar measures in Thessaloniki where their presence was also very strong. There were protests in the cities of Serres, Ioannina, Volos, Heraklion, Chania and Katerini too.

Twenty people were detained for involvement in the clashes in Athens.



Tags: Societyanti-fascist protestClashesMolotov cocktailsGolden Dawn
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