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Thousands march in Greek annual demo against US-backed military junta

Thousands march in Greek annual demo against US-backed military junta

Athens: Thousands of Greeks took part in demonstrations on Sunday to mark the anniversary of a 1973 anti-junta uprising, with police bracing for trouble after a series of raids on anarchists.
This year the protest looks set to be dominated by opposition to the new conservative government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, elected in July on a pledge to strengthen law and order.
Some 5,500 people marched in Athens, police said, in remembrance of dozens of people who died in the 1973 military crackdown on a student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic.
The annual march regularly descends into violence and some 5,000 officers were mobilised for the day, backed by drones, a helicopter and water cannon, police said.
The protest marks the 46th anniversary of the student uprising. At least 24 people were killed in the crackdown, an event generally considered to have broken the US-backed junta’s grip on power and helped the restoration of democracy. (AFP)