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Greece: Police, anarchists mark 1973 uprising with clashes

Greek police say clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in Athens and Thessaloniki on the anniversary of a 1973 student uprising against the military regime that ruled Greece.

Police said a group of about 300 in the capital erected barricades and threw firebombs and rocks at officers, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades on Saturday night. In Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city, officers faced off with about 200 anarchists.

A march to the U.S. Embassy held earlier to observe the 45th anniversary of the uprising was mostly peaceful, save for two other incidents. Marchers representing Greece's governing Syriza party had plastic bottles and coffee cups thrown at them outside the embassy.

Riot policemen try to avoid petrol bombs thrown by hooded youths during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Police said a group attacked officers at an Athens subway station and eight suspects were detained.

A riot policeman raises his hands up as a petrol bomb explodes near to him during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A riot policeman stands among fires from petrol bombs during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A riot policeman tries to avoid a petrol bomb during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A riot policeman stands among fires from petrol bombs during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A riot policeman raises his hands up as hooded youths throw petrol bombs during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Hooded youths throw petrol bombs at riot police during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Protesters prepare to throw a petrol bomb and a chair at riot police during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A man prepares to throw a petrol bomb at riot police during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A protester throws a chair at riot police during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Clashes have broken out between police and anarchists in central Athens on the 45th anniversary of a student uprising against Greece's then-ruling military regime. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Riot policemen try to avoid a petrol bomb during clashes in the Athens neighborhood of Exarchia, a haven for extreme leftists and anarchists, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people marched to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Protesters burn an American flag outside the US Embassy during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Riot police guard outside the US Embassy during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A protester takes part in a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A protester uses a loudspeaker to chat slogans during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

A protester uses a loudspeaker to chat slogans during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousands people march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

University students shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousand people are expecting to march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

University students shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousand people are expecting to march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)

University students hold a blood-stained Greek flag from the deadly 1973 student uprising, in Athens, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. Several thousand people are expecting to march to the U.S. Embassy in Athens under tight police security to commemorate a 1973 student uprising that was crushed by Greece's military junta, that ruled the country from 1967-74. (AP PhotoYorgos Karahalis)