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24.00 GMT+2 Downtown Athens have become a battlefield. Yet, the people remain on the streets despite the relentless use of tear gas and the fierce attacks by cops, which culminated during the night. The protesters are in urgent need of aid; whoever withdraws from streets does this because of great fatigue, rather than fear. All day there were blunt orders by the regime to evacuate Syntagma area, via a superpower of repressive forces and a strong presence of plainclothes. Also cops were conscripted from across the province. It should be reminded that tomorrow at 2 pm the mid-term memorandum will be put on vote, so the strikers are asked to flood Syntagma from early in the morning in order to encircle the parliament. Many strikers in solidarity are expected with the first train from Thessaloniki.
23.50 GMT+2 A few minutes ago, police squads stormed from Stadiou Street and suffocated people with tons of tear gas. At the lower side of Syntagma Square barricades are erected. Protesters resist despite their great fatigue. The entire area vibrates by the slogans COPS, PIGS, MURDERERS and THE JUNTA DID NOT END IN 1973.
23.39 GMT+2 After a 3hour detention, detainees were transferred to police HQ in Athens for another six hours. All 20 detentions were swiftly turned into arrests. All people in solidarity are calling for a gathering tomorrow, June 29th, at 10 am outside the courthouse in Evelpidon Street. Among others, a 56-year-old woman has been arrested earlier at Syntagma Square.
23.30 GMT+2 Up to this time, there are constant harsh clashes. Continually, medics run to help numerous injured protesters, transferring them from outside Hotel Grande Bretagne.
23.17 GMT+2 Dissent is generalised, there are people hurdling rocks to the police across the centre of Athens. In Stadiou Ave, police are now attacking demonstrators and the clashes continue in Syntagma as before. Filellinon and surrounding streets are lined with police squads. There are at least 5-6 police units outside the Russian Church near Syntagma. At the Zappeion hundreds of DELTA motorcycle police forces. At the junction of Ardittou and Vouliagmenis streets, near First Cemetery of Athens, there are dozens of motorcyclist cops.
23.15 GMT+2 A huge crowd at Syntagma tonight, multiple times larger than the crowd at the General Strike demo in the morning. Clashes between riot police and the demonstrators forced the temporary halting of the concert at Syntagma. At the time of writing, there are many stun grenades and tear gas thrown at the demonstrators.
21.24 GMT+2, Syntagma square, Athens. The clashes between people gathered at the square and police have started, once again. At approximately 21.10 GMT+2 the police tried once again to evacuate the square, to no avail. The people are defending the square.
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