There has been minor violence in Athens overnight as a week of urban riots appears to be tailing off. It’s estimated the cost of the damage caused to businesses and offices could run into the hundreds of millions of euros. A candle vigil outside parliament last night went by peacefully.
But many young people opposed to government policies and angered by what they describe as biased media coverage say the violence may not be over yet: “I think it will continue. I think the people are still anger (sic), as the answers of the politicians until now are very pathetic for me,” said one young woman. “I don’t believe in these things, that the media shows we are all anarchists. So, we are all anarchists? I dont know,” said a young man. “If someone wants to call all the citizens of Greece anarchists, that is his matter.” The trouble was sparked by the killing of a teenager by police who said they fired in self-defence. Other European countries now fear the unrest will spread. Last night saw more disturbances near the Greek embassy in Paris and rallies continued in Germany, too. The violence is thought to have tapped into anger over low wages, unemployment and unpopular reforms, particularly in education.