Greek state school teachers clash with riot police in Athens

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Protesting Greek school teachers have clashed with police in central Athens during a demonstration against government plans for hiring new teachers.

Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past a cordon outside parliament, and later when demonstrators tried to push away a barrier near Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ office.

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No arrests or injuries were reported.

About 1,500 people took part in Friday’s demonstration. Teachers’ unions are angry at the selection process under which the government — which faces elections this year — has promised to hire 15,000 new state school teachers in the coming three years.

When the march stopped outside parliament, some demonstrators removed and damaged a wreath that had earlier been laid at the Unknown Soldier’s monument by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.