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Hazardous situation in Athens after the riots

07 December 2008 / 21:12:58  GRReporter
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The situation in the Athens center is hazardous after last night’s riots of the anarchists and the left extremists, who burnt banks, stores, cars, and finished with the occupation of the Athens Polytechnic University. The riots were provoked by the death of a 16 year old boy, killed by a policeman. According to the Greek police it was an accident, where the bullet was shot at the ground during self-defense and it ricocheted towards the boy. According to the anarchists it was a cold blooded murder.

Right now in the Athens center there is a huge strike against the police’s arbitrariness. The opposition parties are outstripping and trying to win political dividends from the news. Before midday, the Greek communist party gave in a protest note to the Chief department of the Greek police against the murder of the boy. The left coalition declared the case as a “cold blooded murder.” Right now the police together with semi armed left organizations are in a state of high alert stalking each other whose nerves will give out first.

The final result from the Saturday night is 20 burnt stores, 16 destroyed bank branches, 12 burnt cars. About 200 people are still barricaded in the Athens Polytechnic University and on the streets around it there are still fires. The firefighters cannot reach the fires.

As already informed you, last night around 9:21 pm a group of anarchists attacked a police car, threw stones at it, and hit it with bats. One of the policemen shot 3 times, one in the air and two at the ground. From the ricocheted bullet a 16 year old boy was deadly injured. Both policemen and the head of the police station are arrested and under investigation.

Meanwhile Athens’ mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis cancelled the Christmas decoration of the city as a sign of mourning for the killed boy and also not to spend money for Athens holiday lights because the city was destroyed by the anarchists.

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