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Greek minister criticizes police over clashes with teachers

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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. 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)

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's public order minister strongly criticized riot police for their handling of a violent protest Friday by school teachers in Athens who were demonstrating 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 were reported. Police said an internal investigation would be held into the injury of two demonstrators.

Public Order Minister Olga Gerovassili said some riot police had behaved in an "unacceptable and politically dangerous" manner, accusing them of indiscriminately attacking the protesters.

About 1,500 people took part in the demonstration.

The government has promised to hire 15,000 new state school teachers in the next three years but teachers' unions say that's too little, too late.

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

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
People attend a protest against the change of the country's name outside the parliament building during a session of the Macedonian Parliament in the capital Skopje, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Macedonia has fulfilled its part of a deal that will pave its way to NATO membership and normalize relations with neighboring Greece, after lawmakers approved constitutional changes that will rename the country North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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 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)
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. 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 at teachers and other protesters, 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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 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)
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 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)
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)
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)
People attend a protest against the change of the country's name outside the parliament building during a session of the Macedonian Parliament in the capital Skopje, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Macedonia has fulfilled its part of a deal that will pave its way to NATO membership and normalize relations with neighboring Greece, after lawmakers approved constitutional changes that will rename the country North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
People attend a protest against the change of the country's name outside the parliament building during a session of the Macedonian Parliament in the capital Skopje, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Macedonia has fulfilled its part of a deal that will pave its way to NATO membership and normalize relations with neighboring Greece, after lawmakers approved constitutional changes that will rename the country North Macedonia. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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)
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)