Greek state school teachers clash with riot police in Athens

A protester shouts at riot police during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the pr

A protester shouts at riot police during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the pr

Teachers and other protesters push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people t

Teachers and other protesters push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people t

Riot police throw a tear gas canister at teachers and other protesters, during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 20

Riot police throw a tear gas canister at teachers and other protesters, during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 20

Protesters shout slogans outside the Greek Parliament during a protest in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest.

Protesters shout slogans outside the Greek Parliament during a protest in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest.

Protesters shout slogans on top of police buses during a protest near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people

Protesters shout slogans on top of police buses during a protest near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people

Riot police throw a tear gas canister as teachers and other push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan.

Riot police throw a tear gas canister as teachers and other push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan.

Riot police take cover as teachers and other protesters push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11,

Riot police take cover as teachers and other protesters push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11,

Two girls run to help a woman after riot police threw a tear gas canister during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11,

Two girls run to help a woman after riot police threw a tear gas canister during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11,

A protester smokes a cigarette after clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the pr

A protester smokes a cigarette after clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the pr

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Protesting Greek school teachers have clashed with police in central Athens during a demonstration against government plans for hiring new teachers.

Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past a cordon outside parliament, and later when demonstrators tried to push away a barrier near Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' office.

No arrests or injuries were reported.

About 1,500 people took part in Friday's demonstration. Teachers' unions are angry at the selection process under which the government — which faces elections this year — has promised to hire 15,000 new state school teachers in the coming three years.

When the march stopped outside parliament, some demonstrators removed and damaged a wreath that had earlier been laid at the Unknown Soldier's monument by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.