RI­OTS MAR MARCHES FOR TEEN

Herald Sun - - WORLD -

PRO­TEST­ERS in Athens set up a big burn­ing bar­ri­cade and pelted riot po­lice with fire­bombs and rocks on the 10th an­niver­sary of the fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing of a teenager — a death that sparked the worst ri­ots in decades.

The vi­o­lence broke out in the Exarchia dis­trict of the Greek cap­i­tal, where 15-yearold Alexis Grig­oropou­los was shot dead on De­cem­ber 6, 2008, and which an­ar­chists have adopted as a strong­hold.

Pro­test­ers set a car alight and hurled rocks, Molo­tov cock­tails and fire­works at lines of riot po­lice, who re­sponded with tear gas and water can­nons.

Po­lice said 35 peo­ple were de­tained in Athens, while three were in­jured, in­clud­ing two po­lice­men.

The clashes broke out af­ter a peace­ful march by about 1700 peo­ple through cen­tral Athens.

An ear­lier Athens march by about 700 peo­ple had also de­gen­er­ated into vi­o­lence.

Po­lice fired tear gas at hooded youths who were throw­ing ob­jects and smash­ing bus stops.

Au­thor­i­ties de­ployed about 2500 po­lice and a he­li­copter for the Athens marches and shut down the main sub­way sta­tion at the cen­tral Syn­tagma Square.

In the north­ern city of Thes­sa­loniki, pro­test­ers set up bar­ri­cades in the streets and hurled Molo­tov cock­tails at po­lice, who re­sponded with stun grenades and tear gas.

The run­ning clashes went on for hours, and van­dals also set fires at two sub­way con­struc­tion sites.

There was a lull in the vi­o­lence dur­ing a peace­ful evening protest in Thes­sa­loniki, but ri­ots con­tin­ued later. At least 15 peo­ple were de­tained.

Grig­oropou­los had been on a night out with friends in Exarchia when he was killed as a po­lice­man fired his gun fol­low­ing an al­ter­ca­tion.

The en­su­ing two-week out­burst of vi­o­lence in 2008 spread to cities across Greece.

The po­lice­man, Epaminon­das Korkoneas, was con­victed of mur­der and sen­tenced to life in pri­son. His ap­peal is con­tin­u­ing.

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