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(en) Greece, J21 in Thessaloniki - Tension In the city

From Harris Kosmidhs <hkosmidi@hal.csd.auth.gr>
Date Sat, 21 Jun 2003 23:52:12 +0200 (CEST)

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Thousands of people joinned the demos today in Thessaloniki.
However police didnot allow for this to go on.
one of the two anarchist demos, the one organised by the black block,
which over than 3000 people joined headed out of the universities but
didnot manage to move on.
At Syntrivani 100 meters away from th university, there where fireworks
shot to the journalists who were situated on the teraces of several blocks
of flats. later and once riot started with attacks on stores, the block
reached the blocks of the other protesters. riot police appeared and
started shooting chemicals, from every row, towards the protesters.

the block was broken into to parts and people started running towards the
University, while chemicals were thrown all the time.
people were panicking and running and an ambulence was making its way
through the people, in order to help a block who was seriously injured in
the foot.
the rest of the demo headed towrds aristotelous street surrounded by cops.
the chemicals continued to fall and reached the rest of the blocks that
started falling apart not being able to handle the situation. the demo of
the anti-authoritarian movement was attacked by the cops and fell apart.
at the moment, many protestors are injured, while the number of people
arrested is still unknown.
thousands of people are in the University, while University Authorities
are discussing the possibility of withdrawing public sanctuary (legally,
in the centre of the city spirits are tensed, and thousands of cops are
everywhere, while the smell of the chemicals is still around. the police
helicopter is flying above and all around, making things even more tensed.
noone knows what will happen.

Harris (hkosmidi@hal.csd.auth.gr)
ICQ UIN: 78301587

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