Po­lice out in force for 10th an­niver­sary of teen killing

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Thou­sands of po­lice of­fi­cers will be on the streets of the cap­i­tal to­day to mon­i­tor ral­lies planned for down­town Athens to mark the 10th an­niver­sary of the fa­tal shoot­ing of teenager Alexis Grig­oropou­los by a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Apart from some 5,000 of­fi­cers in Athens, po­lice will also be out in force in sev­eral other cities where sim­i­lar ral­lies are planned.

Two Athens ral­lies are planned – one at noon by stu­dents and pupils and the sec­ond at 5.30 p.m. by far-left groups. Both are to start out­side the main en­trance to the Univer­sity of Athens.

Plain clothes of­fi­cers have also been as­signed to mon­i­tor the move­ments of sus­pected mem­bers of anti-es­tab­lish­ment groups in the an­ar­chist strong­hold of Exarchia, where 15-year-old Grig­oropou­los was shot dead, while drones will as­sist the po­lice ef­fort.

There are fears of a re­peat of fierce clashes be­tween po­lice and self-styled an­ar­chists that marred the an­niver­sary of the Polytech­nic stu­dent up­ris­ing last month.

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