Violent protests resume in Athens

December 21st, 2008 - 8:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Athens, Dec 21 (RIA Novosti) Hundreds of youths staged fresh protests here amid Greece’s worst riots in decades sparked by the recent killing of a 15-year-old boy by the police, media reports said Sunday. Students threw stones and firebombs at the police in the Athens district of Exarchia where Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead Dec 6, and also erected roadblocks around the nearby Polytechnic University. The police responded with teargas shells, TV channels reported.

The riots earlier spread to other Greek cities, leaving a trail of destruction as youths went on the rampage looting shops and setting fire to hundreds of cars, banks and businesses.

A recent opinion poll published by the Ethnos newspaper said 83 percent of Greeks were unhappy with the methods used by the government to deal with the violence.

Two police officers have been detained over the teenager’s killing. One of the officers, who said he fired the warning shots in self-defence, was charged with murder and illegal use of weapon.

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