Minor incidents precede Independence Day parade

Eight people were taken into custody for questioning on Thursday morning following a brief scuffle with police during a protest rally held before the start of the student parade to mark the March 25th anniversary on Friday of the Greek War of Independence.

The group consisted of part-time school teachers and artists carrying banners protesting the government?s reforms to the education sector, who gathered at central Syntagma Square just before the start of the parade in the morning on Thursday.

The parade proceeded without delay and included the participation of 37 schools as well as representatives from local societies, the scouts and a delegation of Greek athletes who will be competing in the Special Olympics, which are taking place in Athens this summer.

Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, who presided over the event, congratulated the students and their teachers, adding that ?When we are united, we Greeks have proven that we can perform miracles that have left the rest of the world speechless. This is the message from 1821, when we managed to overthrow an indestructible empire. Today, we have to overcome a crisis that appears insurmountable. And we will succeed, as we always do. It is in our hands.?

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