Teenager's Death Sparks Riots In Greece
Hundreds of students, angry over the police shooting of a 15-year-old boy, rioted Saturday and into Sunday, reported The New York Times.
"It's not the first time. They always kill people - immigrants, innocent people - and without any excuse," a protester said. "They murdered him in cold blood."
The riots began just hours after police shot 15-year-old Andreas Grigoropoulos in the Exarchia district in Athens, an area rife with conflicts between police and far-left youth.
In the worst riots Greece has seen in 15 years, hundreds of rioters smashed store fronts, damaged parked cars, and even set a car showroom on fire. As riot police fired tear gas at the group, the youth returned fire with petrol bombs, reported BBC News.
The rioters retreated to the Polytechnic campus for the night where police are not allowed entrance.
At least 34 people have been injured as riots resumed in Athens and in neighboring cities on Sunday.
Greece's minister of the interior, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, condemned the shooting and offered Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis his resignation who promptly rejected it. Pavlopoulos also called for peace in the cities.
"It is everyone's right to demonstrate and to advocate for their rights," Pavlopoulos said. "But I stress, not by destroying the property of others, not turning against people who are not to blame for anything."