Greeks, Albanians join hands in anti-racist march

ATHENS: Hundreds of Greeks and Albanians marched in downtown Athens on Thursday to protest nationalist clashes following Saturday's World Cup qualifier between the two countries. 

Around 1,500 demonstrators took part in the protest, police said. An AFP correspondent estimated the crowd at 4,000. 

Holding banners and shouting anti-racist slogans, the protestors denounced Saturday's incidents in which one Albanian was killed and dozens injured in various, separate clashes across the country after the end of the game. 

Hosts Albania surprisingly won the match 2-1 against European champions Greece. 

Albanian immigrants who had poured out on the streets to celebrate their side's victory were attacked by Greek far-right extremists. 

Thursday's protest was also marred by minor clashes when riot police fired tear gas to disperse a group of young, Greek anarchists from which two home-made firebombs were thrown against them. No injuries or arrests were reported. 

The march was organised by rights group Albanian Immigrants Forum and various Greek anti-racist groups. A smaller demonstration took place Tuesday in Greece's second-biggest town Salonica. – AFP 

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