RIOTS MAR MARCHES FOR TEEN
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.