Part of central Athens has been transformed into a battlefield, as protests over the police shooting of a teenage boy continued into a second day.
More firebombs have been thrown, shop windows
smashed and vehicles burned in the capital and in Greece’s second city of Thessaloniki.
Faced with a hail of missiles, security forces responded with tear gas. A number of officers have been injured. Several arrests were made.
The shooting of a 15-year-old boy in Athens sparked the unrest that started last night. A police statement said an officer fired after a patrol car was attacked by a group of youths.
Sunday’s protest in Athens started peacefully before some broke away from the demonstration to go on the rampage.
The disturbances have hit towns and cities across Greece. Even the holiday islands of Crete and Corfu were affected.
The wave of destruction has devastated Greek commercial districts ahead of Christmas sales.
Anger among youths has been fanned by the growing gap between the rich and poor in recent years.
With feelings at boiling point over the teenager’s death, two police officers have been arrested. One
of them is reportedly facing a charge of manslaughter.