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Third night - chaos and outrage in Athens

08 December 2008 / 23:12:55  GRReporter
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Greece is going through a new, which is not seen since the junta. The death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, caused by a police bullet freed anger and intolerance throughout the whole country. High school and university students were protesting today in 42 cities in Greece, mostly the demonstrations turned into affrays. 45 000 policemen are in high alert. This is the biggest mobilization of the police force since the Olympic Games in August of 2004.

The situation in the center of Athens is out of control for a third consecutive night and violence is increasing by the hour. During the night hours, 12 buildings and trash cans were burning in the center of the Greek capitol. Demonstrators, who are hiding their faces with hoods, break and plunder stores and offices. The situation is the same in Thessaloniki. The police throws tear gas.

Tonight Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis called for an extraordinary session of the Ministry Council. Right after that meetings are set with the leaders of all parliament parties. At 9:30 am tomorrow Karamanlis will also meet the president of the country Karolos Papoulias. The official explanation for the reason of the meetings is to inform about the situation in the country but in the public opinion fears an extraordinary situation.

Tomorrow is the funeral of the victim Alexandros Grigoropoulos. All schools and universities in the country will remain closed as a sign of mourning. They will remain closed also on Wednesday when a 24 hour strike will take place. Student demonstrations are expected also tomorrow throughout the whole country.

The Greek riots are leading news in all foreign news stations, which note that the murder of the 16 year old boy was the icing on the cake for the public’s patience because of the constant scandals of the governing New Democracy.

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