[IMAGES] Clashes in Greece 11 years after the death of a teenage demonstrator

Thousands of young people demonstrated Friday in Greece in memory of a teenager of 15 years, killed 11 years ago by a policeman in a neighbourhood protest in Athens, where incidents erupted after the event.


Nearly 4,500 people, according to the police, young people and activists of the extreme left, marched in the capital. Their slogans written on cupboards honoured the memory of the teen : “11 years since the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, we don’t forget!” or ” this ball was not drawn by chance, leave the youth at peace! “



[EN IMAGES] Heurts en Grèce 11 ans après la mort d’un adolescent qui manifestait


After the end of the parade, incidents broke out in the district of Exarchia, where the teenager had been shot and killed by a policeman on 6 December 2008. Groups threw rocks and Molotov cocktails to the security forces who responded with tear gas. A police officer was injured, according to a press release from the police, which has made 50 arrests, including 10 that resulted in a police custody.



[EN IMAGES] Heurts en Grèce 11 ans après la mort d’un adolescent qui manifestait


In the early afternoon, a thousand students had already paraded in the quiet Athens behind a banner proclaiming: “Break the chains of the quote with the fire of the revolt “, by chanting, ” These days belong to Alexis “.


In Thessaloniki, the second largest city of the country, 2200 people marched, according to police.


In Patras, the event, which brought together 400 people, has also been accompanied by a wave of violence, firing tear gas by the police and Molotov cocktails by protesters. Two police officers were wounded, according to the police, who’s arrested 19 people of which seven have been placed in police custody.



[EN IMAGES] Heurts en Grèce 11 ans après la mort d’un adolescent qui manifestait


As in every year since 2008, hundreds of young people were given a year appointment for the anniversary of the death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos.


The authorities had deployed to Athens to 3,500 police officers, with the help of drones, a helicopter and a water cannon in anticipation of violence.


The mother of the teenager had launched a year appeal for calm. “Alexandros was a child nice and non-violent,” said Gina Tsalikian on the chain and Open TV. “The riots and vandalism were foreign to his nature and insult his memory,” she said.



[EN IMAGES] Heurts en Grèce 11 ans après la mort d’un adolescent qui manifestait


In 2008, the country was set ablaze after the death of the teenager. For more than one month, pupils and students, joined by precarious situation of the young and left-wing activists, had participated in the protests on an unprecedented scale, accompanied by acts of vandalism and looting.


The police officer found guilty of voluntary manslaughter, Apartments Korkoneas, was sentenced to life in prison, a goal that was released last July. The supreme Court has appealed to this early release.



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