GREECE RIOTS: Police fire teargas at protestors — violence breaks out on streets of Athens


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Give someone the sacks have been set across Athens as protestors and police clash

Be in abeyances have been seen across the city and earlier today, protestors weary hoods smashed window displays and threw paving stones at boys in blue as they marched through the capital.

Protestors chanted «Resist!» as they marched fully central Athens, waving waving red and black flags in a tribute to 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos who was attempt dead by police in 2008.

The worst violence was seen in the Exarchia district with protestors dismay petrol bombs at police. The bohemian Exarchia area is where the defenceless Grigoropoulos was shot dead nine years ago.

More than 2,000 the cops were deployed across Athens as authorities tried to contain the virulence ahead of a visit from Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan tomorrow.


A protestor throws a petrol blow up at police officers

Officers formed cordons outside parliament and primary Athens hotels as protestors marched past.

Protestors chanted: «This bullet did not falling by accident, keep your hands off the youth» and held banners understanding «These days belong to Alexis».

Clashes also broke out in other metropolises across Greece, 

On the night of December 6, 2008, hours after Grigoropoulos was run the show dead, thousands took to the streets of Athens, torching cars and smashing store windows.


Protestors chant as they march through Athens on the anniversary of a Greek adolescent’s death

The riots, that were also fuelled by anger over and above unemployment and economic hardship in the prelude to Greece’s debt crisis, lasted for weeks.

Athens is no foreigner to violent riots – just last month thousands of Greeks stepped through the streets of the capital to mark the 44th anniversary of the student uprising against the wield the sceptre military junta, which ended in bloodshed.

More than 5,000 protect officers were deployed in central Athens to marshall more than 10,000 people as they walked to the US embassy, which some protesters accuse of having supported the seven-year military dictatorship.

After the strut, a few protestors set bins alight and threw stones at police near the Athens Polytechnic University.

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