New protests in Athens, Thessaloniki on anniversary of teen's shooting

New protest marches were underway in Greece Thursday evening on the 10th anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager, hours after violent initial demonstrations where masked youths attacked police with firebombs and stones.

Police said about 1,700 people were marching in Athens and the protest was so far peaceful. But other youths set fire to trash in the streets and set up barricades in the capital's central Exarchia district — where Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead on Dec. 6, 2008, and which anarchists have adopted as a stronghold.

In the earlier protest in Athens, police fired tear gas at hooded youths who threw rocks and other objects at riot police and smashed bus stops. At least 28 people were detained. About 700 people took part in the march.

In the northern city of Thessaloniki, protesters set up barricades in the streets and hurled...

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