High-school students, riot police clash in Syntagma; one arrest

A protest rally by Athens highschool students in Syntagma Square opposite Parliament ended in violence on Monday, after riot police clashed with students toward the end of the rally.

    One person was arrested during altercations with police, prompted when a small group of students attempted to block Vassilisis Sofias Avenue a second time, after the main body of the protest had left. Eventually, the remaining students dispersed.

    The highschool students, from a number of state schools in the greater Athens area, were protesting about shortages of books, staff and other materials in schools.

    They had blocked off central roads leading to Syntagma Square in the heart of Athens, causing serious traffic congestion in the centre.

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