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Greece: Violence erupts at rally in Athens against new protest law

Greece: Violence erupts at rally in Athens against new protest law
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Friday, 10 July, 2020, 14:20

Violence broke out in Athens late Thursday during a mass demonstration against a new law to curb public protests, leaving six police officers injured. A group of protesters hurled petrol bombs at riot police outside parliament, while police responded with tear gas and flash grenades.Police said they arrested nine people and detained 15 others for questioning. Demonstrations held in Athens and dozens of other Greek cities and towns to oppose the plans by the centre-right government.The bill was approved by 187-101 votes in parliament.More than 10,000 protesters had gathered in central Athens, many supporting a labour union backed by the Greek Communist Party. A separate group of several dozen youths was involved in the violence that sent other demonstrators, including families with young children, scrambling to move away from the clouds of tear gas.