Minor scuffles at otherwise peaceful November 17 rally in Athens

Some 7,000 officers were dispatched to police a rally in central Athens on Monday, which went off peacefully though some scuffles were reported.

The march, marking the 41st anniversary of a bloody student uprising on November 17, 1973, against the 1967-74 military dictatorship, was attended by an estimated 20,000 protesters.

It began in downtown Athens and headed to the US Embassy, prompting police to shut down central metro stations and major roads.

There were reports of minor scuffles and some 30 protesters were taken in for questioning.