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Mon Dec 8 2008 (Updated 12/10/08) Police Shooting Starts Mass Uprising In Greece
15-year-old shot dead by policeman in Athens. Actions all over Greece Dec. 9th update: Alexis' funeral, terror strategy by the government | Dec. 8th update: tens of thousands in the streets

On Saturday December 6th, two Greek policemen in Athens had a verbal argument with several youth. During the argument, one of the cops pulled his gun and shot 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos twice. According to eye-witnesses, the cop had been swearing against the young man, showing his genitals, before shooting him. The victim was moved to Evangelismos Hospital where he was declared dead.

Alexandros was active in the anarchist movement in Greece and in response to his murder, thousands of anarchists and students gathered in the centers of most of Greek cities. In Athens, people gathered outside Evangelismos Hospital, in order to prevent the cops from entering the building. A little later the riot police attacked in a street in Exarchia resulting to one person being arrested. The evening in Athens evolved with the takeover of several buildings at the Polytechnic University, and rioting throughout the whole center of Athens. Protesters attacked and set on fire, police departments and banks, until the early hours of the next morning.

Protests and riots took place again on Sunday and Monday. Athens' giant Christmas tree in central square was set on fire and fires were set and windows were smashed in hotels, banks, police stations and other government buildings. Five demonstrations are planned Monday evening in major cities, including a rally by the Greek Communist Party and the socialist Pasok opposition in Athens.

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Athens anarchist response to police shooting | Riots break out in Greece after police shoot 15-year-old boy | Police shooting sparks Greece riots | Greek cities hit by fresh rioting | Update from Greece, tens of thousands on the streets | Anarchy in Greece - an editorial | Update from Greece: Alexis' funeral, terror strategy by the government

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