Dozens detained after Greek police clash with rioters

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police in Athens have detained about 60 people for questioning, after masked youths clashed with riot police outside parliament and the U.S. embassy.

Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the rioters. No injuries were reported.

Thousands of people took part in the march, an annual commemoration of a bloody student uprising in the 1970s. Today's demonstration was the first test of public sentiment for the new coalition government of Lucas Papademos.

According to the polls, he is enjoying widespread popularity. But his government has to pass a new austerity budget and follow through with promises of sweeping public sector reforms.

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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