Life in the centre of the Greek capital, Athens, was disrupted for a second night running on Monday (17 November) as rival student factions fought pitched battles inside and outside Athens Polytechnic.
TV ZOOM IN & OUT FROM Rival students massed in streets with man in open space separating them, in Athens, Greece.
TV Students breaking up chair for weapons and throwing pieces at oncoming demonstrators. (2 SHOTS)
GV Anti-marchers faction lined up around street barriers.
TV Students rushing to gates of University.
GV Students with wooden shields and weapons.
TV Members of Students Union cordoning off street.
TV University gates with opposing factions inside and out.
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Background: Life in the centre of the Greek capital, Athens, was disrupted for a second night running on Monday (17 November) as rival student factions fought pitched battles inside and outside Athens Polytechnic. The clashes developed when about 2000 members of three left-wing extremist groups attempted to stage a march to the United States Embassy, protesting at police brutality during Sunday night's riots in which one woman was killed and more than 200 people were injured. Members of the National Union of Greek students confronted the extremists to prevent the march from taking place.
SYNOPSIS: The running battles streamed along the streets leading in and out of the Polytechnic. Students on both sides wielded clubs, chains and stones. Riot police, backed by armoured vehicles, stood by but did not intervene, despite the continuous fighting which left ten people hurt.
The leftists, who have taken over some of the university faculties, were confronted by members of the student union who cordoned off the campus and moved in to stop the march.
The previous night's bloody riots broke out during a march by 100,000 youths to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the student's revolt against the former military rulers.
Sunday's (16 November) violence broke out when anarchists and leftwing extremists tried to break away and march to the American Embassy. They accused the U.S. of backing the military junta, and many of them oppose the country's controversial re-entry into the military arm of NATO.