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RIOTS IN ATHENS - the day after

On the night of Saturday, December 6th, two Special Guards of the Greek police clashed with a small group of young men. The exact details of what took place are still unclear, but it is known that one of the Guards fired three shots, and one of those bullets caused the death of 15-year-old Alexander Grigoropoulos - whether the injury was made by an accidental ricochet or deliberate shot remains to be determined. The two Guards are now in jail awaiting trial, the shooter charged with homicide. This incident sparked an immediate and widespread response in the form of angry demonstrations and riots in many Greek cities that have continued at varying levels to this day - though dimming in intensity recently. Alexander's death appears to have been a catalyst, unleashing widespread Greek anger towards many issues - police mistreatment of protesters, unwelcome education reforms, economic stagnation, government corruption and more.

I went to the center of of the city two weeks after the incident,at Exarcheia,and specifically at the crossroad where the boy died. People were still coming to leave a note,a candle and some flowers;they are still coming today 09 January 2009.

You can see some interesting links from the press here :

http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSTRE4B91LB20081211

http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/articleslideshow?articleId=USTRE4B91LB20081211&channelName=worldNews#a=1

and here: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/12/2008_greek_riots.html

Today things are back to normal. Business as usual.


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