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Athens erupts in riots over killing of a teenager by police six years ago.

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By Euronews  with REUTERS, EURONEWS
Athens erupts in riots over killing of a teenager by police six years ago.

<p>Fierce clashes between police and protesters took place in Athens on Saturday on the anniversary of the killing of a teenager by police six years ago.</p> <p>Shops were set on fire and many others damaged. Over hundred people were arrested. </p> <p>The anniversary of the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, who was 15 at the time, normally brings thousands of anti-state demonstrators on to the streets.</p> <p>But this year tensions have been raised over a self-proclaimed anarchist who witnessed the killing in 2008, and is now on hunger strike over the Greek authorities’ refusal to let him attend university classes.</p> <p>Nikos Romanos is currently serving a sentence for robbery but is now in hospital in a critical condition.</p> <p>Saturday’s riots and demonstrations centred around the Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia, inhabited by many people associated with the anarchist movement. </p> <p>The government appealed for calm in the days leading up to the protest and offered to amend a law to allow prisoners to follow university courses via distance learning. </p> <p>Romanos however is reported to be insisting on attending classes in person. </p> <p>“I won’t back down”, he said. “Struggle until victory or struggle until death”.</p> <p>Euronews correspondent Fay Doulgkeri said the only hope of lowering the tension on the streets could lie in a meeting between his parents and the prime minister on Monday.</p>