Greek protesters, police clash on anniversary of teen death

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 9, 2018

Grigoropoulos's death in 2008 in an altercation with police during a night out sparked violent riots across the country lasting almost a month during which public buildings and cars were set aflame while shops were looted and barricades erected.

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

In the Greek capital, hooded youths smashed bus stops and threw rocks and other objects at riot police shortly after the start of a student march.

Police reportedly ran out of tear gas, with the riots the worst the country had experienced since the seventies.

Another march was scheduled for later in Athens and a gathering was being held Thursday night on the spot where police killed Alexandros Grigoropoulos in Athens on December 6, 2008.

Grigoropoulos was 15 when he was shot dead during a night out with friends in the central Exarchia district, where many popular bars and restaurants are located.

The death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos sparked mass riots in the immediate aftermath in 2008.

The teenager's killing sparked major riots which spread to cities across the country and lasted for weeks, with rioters smashing store windows, looting and setting cars alight. One was sentenced to life in prison but appealed with his trial still ongoing. The second policeman present was sentenced to 10 years and was granted conditional release several years ago.

The annual event to commemorate Grigoropoulos has often been the theatre of clashes between protesters and police officers.

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