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Greece: Violence erupts at rally in Athens against Fresh Demonstration Legislation

Violence broke out in Athens late Thursday through a mass protest against a new law to curtail public protests, leaving six police officers wounded.

Police said they detained nine individuals and arrested 15 other people for questioning. Demonstrations held in Athens and dozens of other Greek cities and cities to oppose the programs by the center-right authorities.

The bill was accepted by 187-101 votes in parliament.

Over 10,000 protesters had gathered from central Athens, many encouraging a labor union supported by the Greek Communist Party. Another set of several dozen youths was included in the violence which delivered other demonstrators, such as households with young kids, scrambling to maneuver away from the clouds of tear gas.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ year-old conservative authorities stated it’s decided to stop little protest parties from interrupting traffic and business activity.

“The best way to maintain peaceful gatherings has to be protected… but it has to be achieved in a means which won’t disrupt the action of a whole town,” Mitsotakis told parliament about the next and last day of disagreement.

Critics of the suggested reforms comprise the Athens Bar Association and parliament’s legislative review committee. They contended that intends to prosecute protesters attending unsanctioned rallies and also to maintain protest organizers accountable for the harm caused if rallies turn violent are lawfully troublesome.

The authorities said it included a few clarifications to the bill to deal with these concerns.

Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras, that had been prime minister in 2015-2019, accused the government of introducing the steps to permit heavy-handed policing. He predicted that the pandemic-driven recession could activate big labor protests in the fall.

“You dread what’s coming — the response of society, the anger of society and that’s the reason why you’re getting ready to provide us repression,” Tsipras informed parliament.

Greece is expected to undergo a significant downturn this year on account of the effect of the outbreak, dropping 9 percent of its yearly output, based on European Union projections.