Thousands of police deployed for Greek protest

AP , Thursday 17 Nov 2011

Fears over an annual march commemorating the violent crackdown on student movement in 1973 sees 7,000 policemen take to the streets in Athens

Greek authorities are deploying thousands of police to avert feared violence during a protest march in Athens that is taking place this year at the height of a vicious financial crisis.

Anti-austerity protesters angered by nearly two years of harsh belt-tightening are expected to turn out in strength in the march to the U.S. embassy in Athens on Thursday afternoon. Some 7,000 police will be on duty.

The annual protest commemorates the 1973 bloody quashing of a student uprising by the military dictatorship that ruled Greece 1967-74. But it has traditionally served as a vent for anti-government protests that often turn violent.

Despite large international rescue loan packages, the debt-crippled country is struggling to avoid bankruptcy. On Wednesday, a new interim government won a confidence vote in parliament.

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