Tuesday 16 October 2018

Anarchists clash with Greek police in march against nationalism

Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades at the protesters.

A molotov cocktail explodes between riot policemen during clashes with protesters outside the University of Thessaloniki (AP)
A molotov cocktail explodes between riot policemen during clashes with protesters outside the University of Thessaloniki (AP)

By Associated Press Reporters

Anarchists and riot police have clashed in Greece after around 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern city of Thessaloniki against nationalism.

Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades at the protesters, who also barricaded themselves at the University of Thessaloniki.

Police are prohibited by law from entering the campus to make arrests.

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Masked protesters clash with riot policemen outside the University of Thessaloniki (AP)

The gathering of Balkan anarchists was organised after far-right activists burned down an anarchist collective’s premises during a January rally protesting the use of the name Macedonia by Greece’s northern neighbour.

Nationalist tensions remain pervasive in the Balkans, and Greece and neighbouring Macedonia have seen recent protests over a decades-long name dispute.

Greece argues that Macedonia’s name in its current form implies a territorial claim against its own region with the same name.

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