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Greek protesters attack police with petrol bombs, fireworks

7 December 2016 10:16

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A protest in Greece has turned violent after black hooded demonstrators launched petrol bombs and fireworks at riot squads on the eighth anniversary of a teenager’s killing by police.

At least 18 people were detained after the annual rally, held on Tuesday in central Athens in honor of the death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in 2008 at the hands of riot police.

A petrol bomb explodes next to riot police during clashes following an anniversary rally marking the 2008 police shooting of 15-year-old student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, in Athens, Greece, December 6, 2016. 

 

Violence erupted after the peaceful march when a group of youths wearing protective clothing started to throw Molotov cocktails, flares and firecrackers at the police, who responded by firing teargas and flash-bang grenades.

A petrol bomb explodes next to riot police during clashes following an anniversary rally marking the 2008 police shooting of 15-year-old student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, in Athens, Greece, December 6, 2016. 

 

The demonstrators used paving slabs to set up roadblocks and barricades in a residential area in the city, after setting fire to a car.

Fireworks explode next to riot police during clashes following an anniversary rally marking the 2008 police shooting of 15-year-old student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, in Athens, Greece, December 6, 2016.

 

Earlier, around 1,500 people marched through the center of the Greek capital towards parliament to mark the eighth anniversary of the killing.

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