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.
Similar violence broke out inside the northern port of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second-largest city, where protesters set up several barricades inside the streets, engaged in running battles with the police as well as set fire to subway construction sites. A police official there said late on Thursday in which the situation was under control as well as in which 52 people had been detained.
Clashes between professed anarchists as well as the police have become something of a ritual after rallies, usually peaceful, to commemorate the shooting of Mr. Grigoropoulos.
The teenager had been out with friends in Exarchia when an argument prompted a police officer to fire his gun, fatally injuring Mr. Grigoropoulos. The shooting set off two weeks of rioting in Athens as well as different cities, as well as led to the officer, Epaminondas Korkoneas, being sentenced to life in prison for murder.
Thousands of police officers were on the streets of Athens on Thursday anticipating unrest, following violence last month on the anniversary of the 1973 student uprising at Athens Polytechnic, which was suppressed by police officers as well as tanks on the orders of the country’s military dictatorship. in which anniversary, too, has through the years culminated in running battles between rioters as well as the police.