Riots Continue in Greek Cities
The International Herald Tribune reports that a policeman shot 15-year-old Andreas Grigoropoulos in the chest during a confrontation between a group of Greek teenagers and police Saturday night.
Grigoropoulos died en-route to a medical facility.
The Tribune reports that confrontations between Athens police and far-leftist teenage protesters are common in the Exarchia neighborhood of central Athens.
As news of the shooting spread, hundreds of youth began rioting in Athens and in other Greek cities including Greece's second-largest city, Thessaloniki and on the island of Crete.
Young people set fire to shops cars and businesses while throwing fire bombs and stones at police, who retaliated with tear gas. At least six people were arrested in Athens for looting goods from the debris of destroyed storefronts.
The BBC reports that young people protesting the shooting were also carrying a banner calling the police "murderers."
The BBC also reports that two officers have been arrested in connection with the shooting.
In a statement, the police said their car had been attacked by about 30 youths. One officer fired a stun grenade and another shot and fatally wounded the boy.
A similar shooting incident in 1985 led to a lengthy battle between the young people of Greece and police. The violence in this instance lasted for years.