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Citizens took protection in their own hands

10 December 2008 / 11:12:26  GRReporter
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Over 10 000 people, students, parents, and teachers peacefully demonstrated in front of the Greek parliament at the day when 16 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was buried. The boy was killed by a policeman Saturday night. Dressed in black and holding red posters with a gun in the middle the demonstrators sent a clear message – “No to the unnecessary use of guns!”

For a fourth consecutive night there were riots in the center of Athens, in Paleo Faliro, and Nea Smirni – neighborhoods of the city. Buildings were burning again, store windows were broken and robbed. The citizens of Paleo Faliro got together and were driving back the anarchists from stores and offices. In Patras, people decided there no point to wait for the police to help them and whatever they had at hand, they resisted the angry demonstrators.

A lot of tension caused the incident, which happened during the funeral of the 16 year old Alexandros. A policeman from the “Z” Special Forces shot in the air in order to frighten the demonstrators. Here you can see the report shown on TV Mega:

Today, the above mentioned policeman and his colleagues from department “Z” will give statements on why he shot when the above report shows that, no one was threatening his life or his health. The two policemen charged with the murder of the 16 year old boy have to give statement today also, even though their lawyer said that this will not happen until they receive the full report from the autopsy, and the toxic and ballistic expertise.

“Karamanlis or tanks” – this is how the great politician Konstantinos Karamanlis explains Greece’s choice in 1974 after the fall of the junta. “Karamanlis or chaos” – this is the choice Greece needs to make today according to the left opposition. Ii is up to Kostas Karamanlis’, nephew of the older Karamanlis, to prove whether the socialists are right or not.

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