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Some estimate it was around 20,000. When the demo reached the Parliament, clashes with the riot police began. What the cops mainly did was to protect the newly-erected Christmas tree at Syntagma Square; they gathered around it, trying to prevent it 1 The Black Act was an Act of the UK Parliament passed in 1723 in response to the Waltham deer poachers and a group of bandits known as the ‘Wokingham Blacks’. It made it a serious crime to appear armed in a park or warren, or to hunt or steal deer, with the face blackened or disguised.

100-150 people participated; counter-information gatherings were arranged for the next day. Saturday, 20th of December Around 10am, anti-authoritarian militants occupied Olympion cinema, the city’s most luxurious cinema and home of the International Film Festival of Thessaloniki, at the heart of the city centre. Official movie screenings gave way to militant movies and documentaries. The cinema’s cafe was used as a meeting place for occupants and passersby, with drinks consumed for free. Thousands of leaflets were handed out.

30, a local demonstration, called by the occupied municipal library, took place along the major streets of Ano Poli district, with 100 militants from the anti-authoritarian milieu participating. Many leaflets calling for the immediate release of the arrested and denouncing Christmas celebrations were handed out to workers in shops, inhabitants and passers by. 54 After the demo, the occupation of the municipal library ended against the background of the shrinking social unrest. This fact made it impossible to organise any protests or other actions during Christmas, as well.

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