Anarchists from across the Balkans clash with Greek police

A masked protester kicks a tear gas canister during clashes outside the University of Thessaloniki campus, in Thessaloniki, March 10, 2018. Anarchists have clashed with riot police in Greece after some 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern Greek city against nationalism in the region. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

THESSALONIKI, Greece - Anarchists and riot police have clashed in Greece after some 2,000 protesters from across the Balkans marched in the northern city of Thessaloniki against nationalism.

Police used tear gas and threw stun grenades at the anarchists, who also barricaded themselves at the University of Thessaloniki. Police are prohibited by law from entering the campus to make arrests.

The gathering of Balkan anarchists was organized after far-right activists burned down an anarchist collective's premises during a January rally protesting the use of the name Macedonia by Greece's northern neighbour.

Nationalist tensions remain pervasive in the Balkans, and Greece and neighbouring Macedonia have seen recent protests over a decades-long name dispute. Greece argues that Macedonia's name in its current form implies a territorial claim against its own region with the same name.


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