Numbers of universities and over 400 schools woke up occupied by students, preparing to mark the first anniversary of the 15 years old Alexis Grigoropoulos’s death. During the weekend more demonstrations in protest of the fatal police shooting are expected to take place.
Five departments in the University of Athens, four in the Polytechnic University and the University of Architecture in Patra, and three in the University of Thessaloniki have been closed. Demonstrations have started in the Athenian University of Economics and are expected to begin in the Polytechnic University of Crete. A massive student protest manifestation is planned for tomorrow, Sunday- the day marking one year since Alexis’s death, and will continue on Monday as well.
Expecting possible civil commotions during the protests, Mihalis Hrisohoidis said that Athens will not surrender to vandalistic acts, nor will it tolerate violence and lawlessness. On the contrary- young people will be encouraged to seek better way of life. “Last year’s events are not the way to honor the death of a child and we won’t let this happen again,” the minister added.
“Alexis Grigoropoulos’s murder is a monstrous act but also an example of where arbitrariness can reach. I have faith in the young generation and I feel guilty. We owe these young people a fair society. I hope that his memory will be honored peacefully- the least we can all do,” said the President Karolos Papoulias.
Prime Minister Georgeos Papandreou, Athens mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis and leaders of Greek political parties honored the memory of the young boy and appealed for a calm anniversary.
The lawsuit against Epaminondas Korkoneas and Vasilis Saraliotis, the policemen charged with the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos, will take place on January 20 in Amphisa. The date and location of the first instance trial have been changed number of times due to safety measures.