Thirteen arrested after incidents at rallies for Grigoropoulos anniversary

Police detained 66 people following clashes that took place in central Athens between rioting youths and police during rallies held on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the murder of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos by a police officer.

Thirteen persons were arrested while two policemen were injured.

Following earlier incidents around Klafthmonos Square, clashes with police started anew in the Exarchia district at around 20:00 on Thursday, as a second protest march to mark the anniversary was coming to an end in central Athens.

The incidents were focused mainly on Stournari Street and nearby Tositsa, 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.

Source ANA-MPA
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