Social order continues to unravel in Greece as anger at the shooting of a teenage boy by police earlier this month has sparked wider outrage over the government’s economic reforms. Trade unions have taken to the streets as the government plans more austerity measures in the face of the global downturn. Meanwhile, protestors hung banners from the Acropolis and called for demonstrations across Europe. “Resistance” read one in Greek, English, German and Spanish.
The civil unrest has triggered sympathy protests in other countries, and European leaders fear the disruption may spread further as the financial crisis bites and unemployment rises. A group calling themselves “Students Against the System” clashed with police outside the capital’s courthouse as they waited for the ballistics report into the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos. The officer accused of firing the fatal shot has been charged with murder and jailed pending trial; his partner has been charged as an accomplice.