Clashes in Armenian protest in Thessaloniki

Police in Greece’s second-largest city have used pepper spray to disperse protesters at annual rally to protest the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey nearly a century ago.

About 250 protesters, mostly from Greek-Armenian groups, gathered Wednesday outside the Turkish consulate in the northern city of Thessaloniki.

A number of protesters challenged a riot police cordon, demanding permission to hand a protest petition to consulate staff.

About 20 countries worldwide including Greece, as well as the European Parliament, recognize the mass killings as an act of genocide, despite strong objections from Turkey.