Three days of violence in Greece, and it is not over yet. Rioting youths have again taken over central Athens. More than fifty people have been hurt and hundred and thirty shops destroyed so far, as police struggle to re-gain control.
Violence first flared after a 15 year old Greek youth Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead during a demonstration on Saturday. He is being buried today and police fear more violence will follow the funeral.
The killing of the teenager fanned public anger at Greece’s unpopular economic policies and political scandals. The government of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is under pressure and he has appealed for calm, but he has denied reports Greece is about to declare a state of emergency.
Left wing and anarchist protests have erupted in 10 Greek cities including Thessalonika and on the tourist islands of Crete and Corfu. The violence has also spread to Berlin and London. In the British capital around forty demonstrators scuffled with police outside the Greek Embassy. Police made five arrests.