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Clashes as Greece marks uprising anniversary

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 00:48

Greek police and protesters clash after uprising anniversary march. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tens of thousands of Greeks marched in an anti-austerity protest in Athens on Tuesday (November 17) to mark the anniversary of a 1973 bloody student revolt against the ruling military junta. Clashes broke out at the end of the march, and riot police officers unleashed several volleys of tear gas to disperse groups of protesters who pelted them with petrol bombs and stones. Protesters lit rubbish bins on fire and engaged in a cat and mouse chase through the streets with officers. The annual protest is a focal point for Greeks protesting against government policies. In recent years, protesters have directed anger at wage and pension cuts imposed under a 240-billion euro bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund. Students, workers and pensioners waving flags and chanting marched to the U.S. embassy. Protesters accuse the United States of backing the 1967-74 military dictatorship. On November 17, 1973 an unknown number of Greek university students were killed by soldiers during a protest at the Athens Polytechnic University against the military dictatorship ruling the country. The students had occupied the university for three days before a tank ran down the gates and soldiers flooded in. The uprising and its deadly aftermath contributed to the fall of the dictatorship a year later.

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Clashes as Greece marks uprising anniversary

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 00:48