Greek police clash with youths over 2008 shooting

Reuters Middle East

ATHENS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Greek police fired tear gas at

youths hurling petrol bombs and stones in Athens on Thursday

after a peaceful march to mark the 2008 police killing of a

teenager that sparked the country's worst riots in decades.

Hundreds of students, teachers and leftists held rallies in

the capital and other major cities throughout the day, chanting

"Cops, pigs, murderers!" and "These are Alexis's days!" in

reference to 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

Clashes erupted in the evening after dozens of hooded youths

broke off from a 1,000-strong march, throwing petrol bombs and

stones at riot police in the Exarchia neighborhood where

Grigoropoulos was shot.

Six cars were set alight and at least 28 people were

detained, police said.

Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital just

hours after the shooting on Dec. 6 2008, torching cars and

smashing shop windows.

Fuelled by anger at unemployment and economic hardship, the

riots lasted for weeks, turning central Athens into a virtual

no-go area and helping topple the conservative government of

Costas Karamanlis.

(Reporting by John Kolesidis; Writing by Karolina Tagaris;

Editing by Andrew Roche)

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