Riots Flare in Athens on the 10th Anniversary of a Police Killing

ATHENS — Rioting broke out here as well as in Thessaloniki late Thursday, as masked youths at barricades pelted the police with homemade firebombs after rallies for the 10th anniversary of a fatal police shooting of a teenager.

The unrest in Athens flared inside the neighborhood of Exarchia, a traditional stronghold for anarchists as well as where 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead in 2008, leading to the worst street riots Greece had seen in decades.

On Thursday, protesters lobbed firebombs as well as chunks of concrete hacked out of the sidewalks at riot police, who fired back tear gas as well as cast a choking, acrid haze, which hung over Exarchia into the early hours of Friday. A water cannon was used to douse fires in cars as well as dumpsters as well as on barricades as well as a building’s balcony.

A police official said in which the authorities had detained 66 people as well as in which two officers as well as a protester had suffered minor injuries. The official said in which some of the protesters had built a burning barricade of car tires as well as refuse, as well as others had climbed onto rooftops, prompting the police to stay inside the neighborhood even after the streets had calmed.