The Greek Parliament is considering legislation for the suppression of terrorism, a move which has provoked strong reaction from the left who fear at may be misused.
GV Demonstrators marching toward University (2 shots)
GV Demonstrators approaching University (2 shots)
GV Police walking among demonstrators (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators chanting
GV Demonstrators outside University
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Background: The Greek Parliament is considering legislation for the suppression of terrorism, a move which has provoked strong reaction from the left who fear at may be misused.
SYNOPSIS: On Tuesday (11 April) a mass rally was held in Athens to demonstrate against the legislation. The rally was held at Athens University and the surrounding area. Special arrangements had been made by police for the rally.
The police had banned marches and demonstrations in other parts of Athens and in particular, any near Parliament where the draft bill was being debated. Taking part in the rally were representatives of the Constitutional Rights and Individual Liberties Organisation, which consists of 55 scientific and other groups. The National Students Union was also represented as were trade unions, and left wing groups. Several thousand took part in the rally.
It was reported that the entire Athens police force backed by armoured cars were on hand to contain the rally and block side streets. Those opposed to the Government's bill say it's aimed at curbing civil rights and gagging opponents of the Government. They say that since the main role in the administration of the powers granted by the legislation would be held by the police, there was no guarantee that those powers would be exercised objectively. The legislation provides for the death sentence for acts of terrorism in which a person is killed and includes life jail terms for kidnapping and hijacking.