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Riots till dawn

08 December 2008 / 14:12:42  GRReporter
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On Monday Greeks woke up shocked by the events during the weekend. On Saturday night a 16 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos died after being shot by a policeman during a conflict between a patrol car and a group of youngsters. The sad event provoked a wave of protests not only in Athens but also in many other cities. The vandals raged till dawn on Monday and cause big damages. Stores, bank branches, and cars were burnt and the police used tear gas in order to spread the demonstrators. Eloquent is the report, shot by team, which you can see here:

Today the Athenian Polytechnic University is still under occupation and no university will open on Monday. The citizens expect more protests from the anarchists. The US embassy warned all US citizens to avoid the center of the city as well as all places where protests can take place. The British foreign office also warned all British citizens to avoid traveling to Greece until everything is back to normal.

The victim of the incident, 16 year old Alexandros Grigopoulos was connected neither to an anarchist organization nor to a leftist one and there is still no logical explanation on what he was doing around the patrolling car on Saturday night. The boy comes from a rich family and lived in the rich suburb Paleo Psihiko; he has a sister and used to go to private schools. He was also a fan of “Panatinaikos” and regularly played soccer. He used to go skiing every winter during vacations. His friends and family do not think he was ever a part of a political organization.

Meanwhile the ballistic expertise came through, which showed that the boy shot pointblank and not by a ricocheted bullet.

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