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Anti-austerity protesters blocked by Greek police

 Protesters carrying banners scuffle with police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the protester...
 Protesters carrying banners shout slogans at police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the prote...
 Protesters carrying banners in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the protesters from marching in f...
 Protesters carrying banners during a demonstration, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the prote...
 Protesters carrying banners scuffle with police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the protester...
 Protesters carrying banners shout slogans at police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27., 2012. Police prevented the prot...
 Protesters carrying banners react with police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012.  Police prevented the protesters...

Greece Parade

Protesters carrying banners scuffle with police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the protester...

Greece Parade

Protesters carrying banners shout slogans at police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the prote...

Greece Parade

Protesters carrying banners in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the protesters from marching in f...

Greece Parade

Protesters carrying banners during a demonstration, in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the prote...

Greece Parade

Protesters carrying banners scuffle with police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the protester...

APTOPIX Greece Parade

Protesters carrying banners shout slogans at police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27., 2012. Police prevented the prot...

Greece Parade

Protesters carrying banners react with police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. Police prevented the protesters...

Hundreds of riot police were deployed to protect a parade by school students to commemorate Greece's entry into World War II.
Last year, a military parade to mark the same event had to be canceled after protesters against the government's austerity policies overran the area and insulted officials, forcing the evacuation of Greek President Karolos Papoulias.
On Saturday, several hundred anti-austerity protesters showed up as the students celebrated in Thessaloniki city, but more than 2,000 riot police were deployed and successfully kept them apart.
Police could face a bigger challenge Sunday when the military once again plans to hold its annual parade in Thessaloniki to mark the holiday, which also will celebrate the 100th year of the city's liberation from Ottoman rule.


Updated : 2021-07-27 10:42 GMT+08:00