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Students dressed in black are taking over intersections

08 December 2008 / 14:12:09  GRReporter
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Chaos reigns in the Greek capitol after students spontaneously left their classrooms and went on the streets dressed in black as a sign of mourning for the death of 16 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos. They head towards the nearest police stations, big intersections, block tram railways, occupy metro stations and stop street traffic as a sign of protest after the tragic incident Saturday night. Athens’ streets are jammed and the police is trying to do everything they can not to close off lanes.

The Minister of Education decided that all Greek schools will be closed tomorrow. They will also be closed on Wednesday due to the set national strike by the syndicates.

At 8:30 am today the autopsy of the boy was done. A wish of his family was that a family member was also present. According to preliminary information the bullet hit directly the heart of the boy. “Elefterios Tipos” newspaper cites sources who are familiar with the ballistic expertise, which was done yesterday and claim that the bullet was shot pointblank and not ricocheted. This will be known for sure after the bullet is taken out from the victim and is examined for ricochet scratches.

The two policemen who are in the arrest and are charged with premeditated murder, illegal use of weapon and complicity will give statements in front of the prosecutor on Wednesday. The lawyers of both resigned from the case.

More protests are set for 6 pm today in Athens and Thessaloniki.

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