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Greek cities hit by fresh rioting
by BBC (reposted)
Monday Dec 8th, 2008 7:17 AM
Monday, December 8, 2008 :resh clashes have broken out between police and protesters in at least three Greek cities, after the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy by police. About 300 students battled police in Thessaloniki, while protests turned violent in Trikala and Piraeus.
Five demonstrations are planned in major cities later, including a mass rally by the Communist Party in Athens, where Saturday's shooting occurred.

Two police officers have been arrested in connection with the boy's death. One of them, who is accused of murder, said he fired a warning shot and that the boy was killed by a ricochet, but witnesses told Greek television that the officer aimed directly at the boy.

The second officer has been charged with being an accomplice.

A post-mortem is being carried out on the body of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, which should help to determine the trajectory of the bullet. The boy's family has hired an independent pathologist to ensure there is no cover-up.

Hundreds of students clashed with riot police in Greece's second biggest city of Thessaloniki in a third day of rioting on Monday.

Students at the city's Aristotle university spent the night holed up on campus stockpiling missiles and petrol bombs before taking to the streets, says the BBC's Malcolm Brabant in Athens.

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