A group of about 70 anarchists continue for a second day the occupation of the Athens Polytechnic, hours before the culmination of festivities for the anniversary of the uprising.
The occupation of the building raise concerns that the commemorative events at the Polytechnic could be up in the air for the first time in 44 years.
Police have increased its presence in the area amid fears of riots. More than 5,000 officers would be on duty for the march matching the Nov. 17 anniversary of a deadly 1973 student uprising against a dictatorship that collapsed the following year.
The students’ union has asked both protestors and police to depart so that the planned events can be held peacefully, while the 17 November 1973 Celebration Committee asked that the matter be resolved “on political terms” and not by the “forces of repression.”
In the meantime, the occupiers have urged nearby residents to attack police by dropping flower pots from their balconies.
They have distributed flyers in Greek and English in the surrounding neighborhood, urging residents to gather information on police and attack them.