Protesters clash with police in Athens

150 anarchists lock themselves inside National Technical University of Athens

Protesters clash with police in Athens


By Idyli Tsakiri

ATHENS, Greece

Protesters clashed violently with police late Wednesday in one of the most intense skirmishes this city has seen in years.

Approximately 150 protesters locked themselves inside the National Technical University of Athens in Exarcheia, and exited only to confront riot police, however, they did not provide a reason for the violence.

At least two people were detained at the scene.

Clashes began around 10 p.m. (1900GMT) local time and lasted until past 2 a.m. (2300GMT).

Protesters threw Molotov bombs and other objects at police forces, set garbage cans on fire and destroyed sidewalks in order to use the broken pieces of marble as ammunition.

Riot police responded with tear gas, pepper spray and stun grenades. According to Greek law, however, university premises are protected by “academic asylum" and police forces are banned from entering buildings.

One of the major highways in the Greek capital was blocked for more than than four hours because of the violence.

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