Greek high school unrest amid fears of far-right resurgence

Led by a horseman draped in a Greek flag, about 1,200 high school students marched through the northern city of Thessaloniki on Thursday to protest government efforts to end a three-decade-old dispute with the neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).

Protesters waved Greek flags, shouted slogans and displayed banners against FYROM — and against another two neighboring countries, Albania and Turkey — amid rising concern over school infiltration by nationalists and the extreme far-right.

The march ended peacefully, but about a hundred demonstrators shortly afterward threw stones at police, who fired tear gas to disperse them. Five suspected rioters were detained.

Protests, mostly against state education policy by usually left-leaning schoolchildren, are common in Greece where all political parties encourage teenagers to be politicized.

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