Anarchism in Greece
The wreck of a torched car is seen in Exarchia, downtown Athens, yesterday after riots on Thursday night that followed rallies marking the 10th anniversary of the police killing of Alexis Grigoropoulos, 15. More than 100 people were detained in the unrest that caused widespread damage. [Pantelis Saitas/ANA-MPA]
Greek authorities say more than 100 people were detained during rioting in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki following events marking the 10th anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager.
Police said Friday that 66 people were detained in Athens during the violence that began Thursday afternoon, with 13 of those arrested.
Greek riot police used a water cannon to disperse protesters in central Athens, during an anniversary rally on Thursday marking the 2008 police shooting of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. Police reportedly detained 30 people in Athens, including some minors, and one in Thessaloniki during clashes with hooded youths after the end of the protest marches in both cities.
Protesters wear gas masks during an anniversary rally marking the 2008 police shooting of 15-year-old student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, in Athens, Thursday. New protest marches were underway Thursday evening hours after violent initial demonstrations where masked youths attacked police with firebombs and stones. [Costas Baltas/Reuters]
The Syntagma metro station in central Athens will close at 12 noon on Thursday, the Greek Police (ELAS) has said.
The decision is part of security measures for policing marches and rallies marking the 10th anniversary of the killing by a policeman of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in the downtown district of Exarchia in 2008.
Thousands of police officers will be on the streets of the capital on Thursday to monitor rallies planned for downtown Athens to mark the 10th anniversary of the fatal shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a police officer.
Apart from some 5,000 officers in Athens, police will also be out in force in several other cities where similar rallies are planned.