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Greek government urges restraint after shooting

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Faced with Greece’s worst civil disturbances in years, the government of the Mediterranean nation has urged restraint.

The conservative administration expressed “profound regret” after police shot dead a 15-year-old boy. But Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos warned the killing is not an excuse for rioting.
“Protests must and should take place,” he said. “Citizens have every right to defend their ideas and principles but not by destroying people’s property, not by acting against people who are not in any way at fault.”

Amid anger over the shooting, the minister said he had offered to resign but that this had been rejected.