The general strike rally against austerity in Greece was marked by hooded individuals throwing firebombs at policemen and smashing shop windows in downtown Athens.
The skirmishes started around 1:30 pm when hooded individuals started throwing molotov cocktails at riot police at Syntagma Square. The rioters then moved to the south end of the square where they threw rocks at the posto office.
The hooded individuals then moved to Kolokotroni street where they smashed shop windows and parked cars. The rioters continued to move down Panepistimiou street and the battles with police continued in front of the University of Athens administration building and all the way down to Omonoia Square. A van of OTE telecommunications company was set on fire.
Earlier, hooded youths located three plainclothes policemen at Patision street, near the Athens Archaeological Museum, and attacked and beat them. One of the policemen was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.