Thursday, Dec 18, 2008
Riot police have clashed with demonstrators in central Athens, sending Christmas shoppers running for cover.
The protesters, who had broken away from a peacefully rally, threw rocks and petrol bombs at police and buildings near the Greek parliament.
They also overturned a car, set fire to rubbish bins and splashed police with red paint.
Police officers responded by firing tear gas on the crowd.
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It is the 13th day of anti-government demonstrations since police shot and killed 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
Protesters also tried to burn down the main Christmas tree in Athens, unveiled earlier this week as a replacement for the original one which was torched during previous violence.
Parents picked up their children from the Christmas carousel in the main square and fled when the clashes began.
This article was posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 11:59 am