Police clashed with protesters and arrested dozens at a protest marking the anniversary of the 1973 Polytechnic uprising in Thessaloniki on Tuesday, as it defied a government ban on public gatherings.
Hundreds of protesters were met by riot police who detained several protesters for breaching a ban that was put in place by the government due to concerns that the rallies typically held on the anniversary of the student revolt could help spread the coronavirus.
The 1973 Athens Polytechnic uprising occurred during the so-called Regime of the Colonels from 1967 to 1974, where at least twenty-four civilians were killed in clashes while hundreds were injured.
The uprising began on November 14, escalating into an open revolt that finished in bloodshed in the early morning of November 17.
While the revolt was suppressed it is credited with leading to the eventual collapse of the military government the following year, with the date being marked by demonstrations during the day, with clashes often breaking out between police and protesters later in the night.