Rioting continued in multiple Greek cities the day after 15-year-old Andreas Grigoropoulos was shot and killed by police in the neighborhood of Exarchia. Athens saw the largest and most violent clashes, people are saying that central Athens looks like a war zone and the international media are calling the riots the worst [sic] since the 1973 coup. The police responsible for Andreas’ death are being charged with manslaughter. Witnesses have refuted their claims that they merely fired into the air when attempting to disperse the crowd that Andreas was a part of.
‘One protester outside the National Museum told the BBC he had been greatly angered by the actions of the police.
“It’s not the first time. They always kill people – immigrants, innocent people – and without any excuse,” he said. “They murdered him in cold blood.”
“I think [the violence] is justified. Peaceful demonstrations cannot get a solution to the problem… They can feel the pressure from the people and not do it again.” ‘
Corporate news clips:
“Rioters rampaged through Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki Sunday, hurling petrol bombs, burning stores and setting up burning barricades across city streets as protests against the fatal police shooting of a teenager turned violent.
Youths wearing hoods smashed store fronts and cars. Riot police responded with large amounts of tear gas, while the fire department rushed to extinguish fires. Several bank branches, stores and at least one building were on fire on a major street leading to the capital’s police headquarters. Later, clashes also broke out near Parliament.” http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/12/07/world/main4652808.shtml?source=RSSattr=HOME_4652808
“Thousands of protesters have attacked banks and shops in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki, angered by the police’s killing of a teenager.
Demonstrators threw firebombs, rocks and other objects at the buildings and at police, who responded with tear gas.
Earlier, Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos appealed for restraint.
The streets of the capital were already strewn with glass and rubble after a night of rioting sparked by Saturday’s shooting, in the Exarchia district.
During the overnight violence, protesters hurled rocks and petrol bombs at the police and damaged dozens of buildings.”
Picture of Andreas and photos from the riots: