Thousands of protesters marched in several sites across Athens against police brutality and repression seen recently across Greece, with universities invaded by plainclothes law enforcement and docile civilians beaten on made-up offenses.
Thousands of students gathered in Thessaloniki and marched against a new law which would restore police to university campuses across Greece for the first time since the fall of the military dictatorship. Clashes ensued after police deployed tear gas on protesters, with Molotov cocktails flying through the air and firebombs used against law enforcement. After finishing the march in spite of chemical weapons being used on protesters, the students returned for an afternoon march against state repression.
Dozens of protesters in the Bonilla area of Antofagasta returned to the streets for a 2nd consecutive day, demanding amnesty for all political prisoners of the 18th of October Uprising. In spite of heavy repression and the Carabinero use of rubber bullets, demonstrators held strong for hours from afternoon till nightfall.
Thousands of protesters converged on al-Haboubi Square in Nasiriyah, to protest against the Iraqi government’s repression of anti-corruption activists and the implementation of a curfew in several cities. Riot police then opened fire on the protesters, and, bizarrely, the Iraqi military began exchanging gunfire with riot police, resulting in at least 1 death on each side.
Hundreds of healthcare workers gathered at the ministries of Labor and Health, as part of a strike called for by POEDIN (Panhellenic Federation of Public Hospital Employees), demanding more money to help deal with the pandemic instead of for funding the army and police with more and more unnecessary and repressive gear.
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