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Protest on anniversary of teenager's death turns violent in Greece


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Protest on anniversary of teenager's death turns violent in Greece

A demonstration to mark the fifth anniversary of the killing of a teenager turned violent in Greece, after clashes broke out between police and protesters.

Thousands of protesters marched through downtown Athens chanting ‘Cops, Pigs, Murderers’ and holding banners in honour of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

As they reached the area the site of the shooting, fighting erupted. The protesters’ petrol bombs were met with tear gas from the riot police.

The scenes were reminiscent of the riots sparked by the death of Grigoropoulos back in 2008, when thousands poured onto the streets of the Greek capital torching cars and breaking shop windows.

The unrest was fuelled by economic hardship as the crisis took hold.

Not far from Friday’s protest the Greek government was debating a new round of biting austerity cuts.

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