Greece: Protesters clash with police at solidarity demo with Turkish hunger strikers

Greece: Protesters clash with police at demo in solidarity demo with Turkish hunger-strikers Police clashed with protesters at Athens's Syntagma Square on Friday, who had gathered to hold a demonstration in solidarity with hunger-strikers in Turkey. Footage shows police using batons and pepper spray against protesters, who push back against police and continue to chant slogans. «It seems the government implements a policy of protest prohibition, that is not only and anti-democratic, but in a fascist direction,» said Pavlos Antonopoulos, one of the protesters and a member of the New Left Current (NAR). The protesters marched in solidarity with hunger strikers, including lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytac Unsal, and members of the folk group Grup Yorum. The Turkish government accuses Grup Yorum, formed in 1985, of links to the outlawed Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front, a militant group that is classified as a terrorist group by Turkey, the US and the EU. Two of the groups members including bass guitarist and Ibrahim Gokcek group's singer Helin Bolek have died while on hunger strike, which they started in protest of the government's crackdown on the group.

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