Thousands of protesters went on Thursday evening through the Greek capital, Athens, to show their opposition to a new law to restrict just demonstrations.
Outside parliament, where politicians on Thursday evening adopted the law, threw the individual protesters benzinbomber against the police, who responded with tear gas.
There were three separate demonstrations in Athens. The police estimate that around 10,000 people in total participated.
The new law is presented by Greece's conservative governing party, New Democracy, in an attempt to limit the number of demonstrations. They create problems for traffic, the public and affects trade of Athens.
Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis believes that the law is necessary to limit the 'dozens of småprotester', which regularly makes it difficult to come forward in Athens.
- A person's freedom to protest is just as valuable as another person's freedom to get in the hospital, at work, or home, says Mitsotakis.
But critics believe that it is a serious restriction on the freedom of assembly.
Menneskeretsorganisationen Amnesty International expresses criticism and the Greek left party Syriza call the law 'fascist'.
- today is a black day for the Greek republic, said Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras.
Syriza and other parties accusing the government of trying to put a lid on the criticism prior to the recession, there will inevitably come in the autumn after the coronakrisen.
A poll carried out by the Greek tv station Skai, shows, however, that the greeks support the new law. 56 percent say that they are for tightening, while 33 percent are opposed.