Greece: Major police deployment ahead of the annual protest

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – More than 5,000 police officers were deployed in Athens on Wednesday ahead of a demonstration …

ATHENS, Greece (AP) – More than 5,000 police officers were stationed in Athens on Wednesday ahead of a meeting to mark the anniversary of a bloody anti-dictatorship uprising.

The annual march to the US Embassy has often in recent years been marked by violence. It was to continue despite restrictions related to the pandemic.

The large student-led demonstrations in 1973 at the Athens Polytechnic in the center of the capital were held a year before a military dictatorship, in power since 1967, collapsed. Politiet åbnede ild mod ubevæbnede demonstranter på det tidspunkt, men dødstallet er stadig ukendt.

In a tweet Wednesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the uprising reinforced the country’s “daily commitment to a secure democracy.”

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