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Six arrested at Thessaloniki school protest backed by far-right group

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Police have arrested six people and detained at least 59 others following clashes involving young people at a high school in Thessaloniki on Wednesday.

Youths backed by a right-wing political group hurled bombs, flares, and rocks at a rival left-wing university student group who gathered against government education reforms. 

Police used tear gas to break up the violent demonstrations as classes at the school were ongoing.

Members of leftist groups protest near a vocational high school after clashes in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Police in the second largest city of the country have arrested five people and detained at least 20 others following clashes involving youths backed by an extreme right-wing political group. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

Left-wing groups then protested the violence and Thessaloniki police fired tear gas and stun grenades to prevent a right-wing group from attacking the protestors. 

Another 19 people were detained. 

A youth wing of the extreme right group Golden Dawn had earlier expressed support for the morning counter-demonstration. 

A Greek court ruled last year that the party was operating as a criminal organisation and sentenced members of its leadership to up to 13 years in prison.

Source: AP

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