100 de­tained dur­ing ri­ot­ing in Athens

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Greek au­thor­i­ties say more than 100 peo­ple were de­tained dur­ing ri­ot­ing in Athens and in the north­ern city of Thes­sa­loniki, fol­low­ing events mark­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing of a teenager. Po­lice said 66 peo­ple were de­tained in Athens dur­ing the vi­o­lence, which be­gan on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, with 13 of those ar­rested.

An­other 15 peo­ple were ar­rested in Thes­sa­loniki, af­ter 52 peo­ple had been de­tained. In Athens, pro­test­ers had set up burn­ing bar­ri­cades and pelted po­lice with fire­bombs, rocks and fire­works, with po­lice re­spond­ing with tear gas, stun grenades, and a wa­ter can­non. The De­cem­ber 6, 2008 death of 15-year-old Alexis Grig­oropou­los sparked the worst ri­ot­ing Greece had seen in decades, with the vi­o­lence spreading to cities across the coun­try for two weeks.

Pic­ture: AP

Hooded youths throw petrol bombs in the Athens.

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