There have been skirmishes in the suburbs but security forces say tension has eased in Athens in the wake of Greece’s worst riots for decades. Sporadic violence continued in areas such as Korydallos in the west of the capital.
Elsewhere in the city, protesters used different tactics to express their anger over the fatal shooting of a teenage boy. In what students said was organised action, a group of young people surrounded the office of the Mayor of Athens. While they should have been doing lucrative Christmas trade, many shop owners were counting the cost of the outpouring of unrest. The promise of government aid is cold comfort for clothes retailer Michael Bernelos: “I don’t care if and when and how they are going to give me money,” he said. “l care about getting the shop running again. I want the repair workers to get out of here so I can open the store. I don’t want mercy or handouts, I am not begging.” Two police officers await trial, one charged with murder, as the clean-up operation continues. If more disturbances and attacks on businesses follow, some now believe a state of emergency could be imposed.