With security forces and demonstrators face to face outside parliament, clashes have broken out in Athens for a fifth consecutive day. A potent mix of protesters is on the streets today. Amid a 24-hour general strike that has paralysed Greece, huge crowds are in the capital to denounce the policies of the conservative government. Others, meanwhile, are continuing to express their anger over the fatal shooting of a teenager that has resulted in two police officers being charged.
Authorities are braced for Greece’s worst riots in decades to hit a fresh flashpoint. And with missiles and tear gas once again in evidence in Athens and Thessaloniki, there is little sign of the unrest coming to an end. Security forces are out in large numbers after unions ignored an appeal from the prime minister to cancel their rally in Athens. Court sources reportedly said today that the 15-year-old shooting victim died from a police bullet ricochet rather than being directly targeted. It came as the two police officers accused over the teenager’s death were appearing before investigators.