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A man holds a burnt US flag in front of the US embassy on November 17, 2014 in the center of Athens at a march commemorating the 1973 students uprising against the military junta.

Thousands of Greeks have taken to the streets of the capital, Athens, to commemorate the 1973 student uprising against the country’s US-backed military dictatorship.

Over 20,000 demonstrators took part in the peaceful march on Monday, marking the 41st anniversary of the National Technical University of Athens (Athens Polytechnic) uprising, which began on November 14, 1973, and ended in bloodshed in the early morning of November 17.

The annual rally in which the students, joined by trade union members, marched from the Polytechnic University to the American embassy was policed by some 7,000 officers.

Greek officials closed down most of the city’s universities and banned all sit-ins.

As part of the security measures in the city, authorities closed off major streets and underground stations.

Athens’ Law School and Athens University of Economics were also cordoned off by police.

On November 13, police forces gathered outside the Athens Law School and the Athens University of Economics following a decision by the universities’ authorities not to shut down the schools ahead of the November 17 anniversary.

Brief clashes broke out when the students were trying to enter the school building with police forces using tear gas to disperse them.

The November 17 anniversary marks the student uprising against the country’s military rule in 1973, to which police and the Greek military responded by opening fire on protesters and bystanders, killing hundreds of them.

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