A rally and march by leftist and anti-establishment groups not represented in Parliament was underway in central Athens at 19:00 on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary since the murder of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos, who was shot down and killed by a police officer in Exarchia in 2008.
Protestors shouted out slogans against police brutality and marched from the gates of Athens University toward Parliament.
The organisations taking part said they would “continue to fight until victory against the policies of the SYRIZA-ANEL government and all prospective managers of the crisis, the EU of memorandums and racism.”
The centre of Athens has been closed off to traffic, while both Panepistimio and Syntagma metro stations were closed at the orders of the police, with trains passing through without stopping.
Police had detained a total of 24 people by early Thursday evening over clashes that occured at various central Athens locations throughout the day, during and after a school and student rally held in the afternoon.
More rallies are currently underway in central Athens, while at 21:00 people have been invited to gather at the site of Grigoropoulos’ murder in Exarchia.