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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Protesters burn a U.S. flag during a rally marking the 41st anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against a military dictatorship then ruling Greece, outside the U.S. embassy in Athens November 17, 2014. (Reuters / Alkis Konstantinidis)  



About a dozen people have reportedly been injured in clashes with riot police outside the US embassy in Athens following mass protests marking the 1973 revolt against the US-backed military junta, in which 40,000 people took part.

Over 70 arrests from various parts of Athens were made after clashes broke out following the mass march, according to social media sources. Police fired tear gas at groups of youths who hurled stones and plastic bottles while burning US and EU flags.

 The clashes came just after 40,000 students, workers, and pensioners marched from parliament to the US embassy. 

 The protesters – who accuse the US of backing the 1967-74 military dictatorship – shouted “EU, IMF out!” while marching. 

 Demonstrators march in front of the US embassy on November 17, 2014 in the centre of Athens during a march commemorating the 1973 students uprising against the military junta. (AFP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis)  

A man holds a burnt US flag in front of the US embassy on November 17, 2014 in the centre of Athens at a march commemorating the 1973 students uprising against the military junta. (AFP Photo / Angelos Tzortzinis)   

Riot policemen clash with protesters at a rally marking the 41st anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against a U.S. backed military dictatorship in then ruling Greece, near the U.S. embassy in Athens November 17, 2014. (Reuters / Yannis Behrakis)    

A protester reacts after inhaling tear gas during scuffles with the police at a rally marking the 41st anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against a U.S. backed military dictatorship in then ruling Greece, near the U.S. embassy in Athens November 17, 2014. (Reuters / Yannis Behrakis)  


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