Greek State School Teachers Clash with Riot Police in Athens

Riot police throw a tear gas canister at teachers and other protesters, during clashes near the Prime Minister's office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

ATHENS (AP) — Protesting Greek school teachers have clashed with police in central Athens during a demonstration against government plans for hiring new teachers.

Riot police fired tear gas to stop protesters from forcing their way past a cordon outside parliament, and later when demonstrators tried to push away a barrier near Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ office.

No arrests or injuries were reported.

About 1,500 people took part in Friday’s demonstration. Teachers’ unions are angry at the selection process under which the government — which faces elections this year — has promised to hire 15,000 new state school teachers in the coming three years.

When the march stopped outside parliament, some demonstrators removed and damaged a wreath that had earlier been laid at the Unknown Soldier’s monument by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

A protester smokes a cigarette after clashes near the Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. The banner reads ”Mass Full Time Hiring for Teachers.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A wreath laid earlier by visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel lies on the ground after being destroyed by protesting Greek state schoolteachers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Riot police take cover as teachers and other protesters push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Riot police throw a tear gas canister as teachers and other push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. The banner reads ”Mass Full Time Hiring for Teachers.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Teachers and other protesters push police buses during clashes near the Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. The banner reads ”Mass Full Time Hiring for Teachers.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
A protester shouts at riot police during a rally outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Protesters shout slogans outside the Greek Parliament during a protest in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Protesters shout slogans on top of police buses during a protest near the Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years. The banner reads ”Mass Full Time Hiring for Teachers.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Two girls run to help a woman after riot police threw a tear gas canister during clashes near the Prime Minister’s office in Athens, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. About 1,500 people took part in the protest. Teachers’ unions oppose the government’s selection process for the planned hiring of 15,000 new teachers over the next three years.The banner reads ”Mass Full Time Hiring for Teachers.” (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)