Crowds Gather In Athens To Mark 1973 Student Protest Anniversary

Category: Society / Nov 16, 2012 10:19AM EDT
Crowds gathered at the Athens Polytechnic University on Friday (November 16) to mark the anniversary of the 1973 student protest, which helped topple Greece's military dictatorship. The event has come to be seen as a symbol of freedom and protest in the country and comes at a time of public anger at the latest round of government austerity measures. Crowds attending Friday's ceremony laid wreaths on a memorial constructed from the old twisted gate of the university, crumpled by tanks during the protest almost forty years ago. This year, the anniversary falls the week after the government successfully passed bills intended to please Greece's international lenders, which included plans for further tax hikes and spending cuts. The annual anniversary march from the university through the centre of Athens is set to take place on Saturday and police plan to deploy 5,000 officers to handle the large crowds expected.