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Another night of violence in Athens

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Another night of violence in Athens


Petrol bombs and stones have been hurled at police in Athens in fresh disturbances in the Greek capital. Officers responded by firing tear gas.

Dozens of youths smashed paving stones and set up barricades with burning dustbins turning their anger on banks, shops and government buildings in yet another night of rioting.

The latest violence occurred as hundreds of students holding candles gathered peacefully outside parliament and at the site where a 15 year old boy was shot dead by police a week ago.

Since then, daily protests have injured at least 70 people and left hundreds of shops
smashed and looted in cities across the country in Greece’s worst rioting in decades.

Several people have said they are tired of the violent protests and blame an anarchist fringe of tapping into resentment over political scandals and the impact of the global slow down.

The week long unrest which has sparked sympathy demonstrations in other European countries has caused an estimated 200 million euros of damage in Athens alone.

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