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Fresh Riots Break Out In Athens

Sky News
Friday, December 12, 2008

Protesters have clashed with authorities in Athens again over the police killing of a teenage boy.

Greek students hurled Molotov cocktails and rocks at riot police, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas.

The continuing clashes are the worst Greece has seen in decades – beginning when a 15-year-old boy was shot dead by police officers on Saturday.


Andreas Grigoropoulos was killed after a group of youths threw stones at a police car.

Two officers were arrested over the incident.

Protesters have denounced the “arbitrary” police action and blamed the right-wing government of Greece’s Prime Minister, Costas Karamanlis.

Despite seven straight days of unrest, he has rebuffed calls to resign and hold early elections.

He said the country needed a steady hand in times of crisis.

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