Riots Mark Anniversary of Greek Teenager’s Shooting
Posted on Dec 6, 2009
Violence erupted in Athens on Sunday as thousands took to the streets to mark the anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, shot dead by Greek police a year ago. Within a few hours of his death, riots had spread across the country in a two-week spate of looting and burning. —JCL
Police fired teargas at rioters who threw rocks and firecrackers in central Athens as thousands gathered to mark the first anniversary of the police shooting of a teenager.
Clashes broke out as about 3,000 people, mostly students, anarchists and leftists, began a march to parliament. More protests were expected tomorrow. An evening memorial service was planned in the Exarchia district, where 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead.
Violence also broke out in Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, where demonstrators threw petrol bombs at police and smashed the front of a Starbucks cafe.
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Greek riot police try to keep a lid on things in Athens in 2008, after the shooting death of a teenager.