Greece has seen its worst rioting in years after police shot dead a teenage boy — and the disturbances may not be over yet. As several cities count the cost of last night’s rampage, further clashes between youths and police were reported in Athens.
That is where the violence started, shortly after the shooting in the bohemian Exarchia district. Youths threw petrol bombs, burned cars and smashed shop windows.
Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos offered his resignation over the death of the teenager. It was rejected.
But he also condemned the anarchy that followed.
“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.”
Security forces fired tear gas to disperse rioters following the death of the teenager, aged 15 or 16. A police statement said the shooting occurred after a patrol car came under attack by youths throwing stones and other objects. Two officers and the local police chief have been suspended and an inquiry is underway.