Anarchists clash with police near Exarchia in small-scale unrest after May Day rallies

Small-scale violence broke out at the end of a May Day demonstration in Athens on Friday with a few dozen youths clashing with police in and around the neighborhood of Exarchia.

The unrest began in the early afternoon when anti-establishment protesters hurled two Molotov cocktails at police in front of Athens University before fleeing toward Stournari Street which leads to Exarchia Square.

A group of around 40 anarchists gathered in the area and set fire to garbage dumpsters.

Earlier demonstrations organized by the country’s labor unions drew around 13,000 people and were reportedly peaceful. Several ministers, including Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, attended the rallies.

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