Polytechnic uprising remembered

Students carrying red flags march in the annual November 17 commemoration of the day in 1973 in which the 1967-74 military junta used troops to crush a student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic. This year’s march, from the Polytechnic (now known as the National Technical University) to the US Embassy, was the smallest ever, drawing about 5,500 leftists and anti-globalization activists. Protesters chanted anti-war and anti-American slogans and burned a US flag. There were minor skirmishes between anarchists and police, who fired tear gas, near the embassy. About 5,000 police officers were on duty at the march. A similar protest was held in Thessaloniki.

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