Clashes in Exarchia after Grigoropoulos march ends; fires set in Thessaloniki
One person was injured and 35 people were detained on Thursday during clashes between police and rioters in Athens on the 10th anniversary since the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a teenager shot dead by a policeman in Exarchia in 2008.
The rioting started in Klafthmonos Square in central Athens after a school and student rally in the afternoon, while a second round of violence erupted in Exarchia after a second protest march in the evening.
An ambulance was called in late on Thursday to pick up someone injured during still ongoing clashes with police in Exarchia.
The incidents were focused mainly around Stournari Street and nearby Tositsa where protestors had set up roadblocks, with youths attacking police forces with firebombs, stones, pieces of marble and other objects.
Police deployed two ‘Avra’ water cannons in an effort to break up the makeshift road blocks set up by rioters and at one point a fire started on the balcony of a flat at the corner of Tositsa and Sp. Trikoupi but was put out before the fire brigade had to intervene.
Clashes between police and rioters were also taking place throughout the Exarchia district, with youths throwing petrol bombs and stones and police responding with use of tear gas.
A final gathering was also scheduled at 21:00 on Thursday at the corner of Tzavella and Mesologgi Streets in Exarchia, where Grigoropoulos was shot.
Fires set in Thessaloniki
A fire broke out in a Thessaloniki metro work site on Egnatia Street during incidents in the northern Greek city that followed the march held in memory of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a teenager shot dead by a police officer in Exarchia in 2008.
Fire men sped to the scene and quickly put out the fire that had started in a container on the site, as well as other blazes on Egnatia Street. Police arrested one individual caught in the act for participation in the ongoing incidents, by groups armed with petrol bombs that are holed up in the School of Theology.