Greek demonstrators have vowed another wave of violent protests. It comes after police shot dead a 15-year-old youth sparking riots that left dozens injured across the country. Some of the worst violence was around Athens Polytechnic where rioters dragged furniture from lecture halls and set up barricades in the streets before setting them on fire.
While thousands of youths clashed with police and rampaged through the Greek capital violence has also spread to other cities like Thesallonika and to some of the islands like Crete. In Patras police used water powered weapons against demonstrators but so far police policy has been largely to allow the protesters to vent their anger. There’s been no large scale rounding up.
Scores of cars and shops have been torched in the worst protests to erupt in Greece in years.
The shooting of the 15-year-old youth has touched a raw nerve among Greece’s young people whose anger has been fanned by the growing gap between rich and poor. Two policemen have been charged with the shooting of the young man. The worst of the violence has been led by left wing students and anarchists.