December 8th, 2008
11:58 AM ET

Greece rocked by third day of riots

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/europe/12/08/greece.riots/art.alexandros.grigoropoulos.ap.jpg caption="An undated photo of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, whose death has sparked riots across Greece."]

Violent clashes between police and protesters erupted for a third day in Greece Monday as anger over the fatal police shooting of a teenager continued to rage through major cities.

Riot police fired tear gas at youths attacking shops and a police station in the port city of Thessaloniki, The Associated Press reported.

Running battles also broke out in Veria, a town 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of Thessaloniki, while violence was reported in the central city of Trikala, AP said.

Major protests were expected later in five Greek cities, including Athens, Thessaloniki, Larissa, another central city, and on the island of Corfu.

There were scenes of destruction across the Greek capital after police apologies and the arrest of two officers in connection with the shooting failed to halt unrest on Sunday.

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  1. Mike in NYC

    This kind of thing seems strangely out of place in today's Greece.

    They haven't seen political street violence since the 1970's, if I'm not mistaken.

    December 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  2. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    History repeats itself. During the Viet Nam war, 3 year olds were wired with granades (sp?)....armed youngster detonated bombs in front of churches to avoid retaliation....nothing is new here.

    December 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  3. Giovanna

    I don't get it. The policeman was threatened by the teenager. He got killed. It's very sad. The policeman is in prison facing charges. What else do they want the government to do? Throw him on a cross an do a public crucifixion? It was an isolated case, and these riots are even more dangerous than the incident that started it. I just think these young people are stupid and have too much time on their hands and should go back to school so they can improve themselves and their country. They obviously have it too good. Shame on them.

    December 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  4. Cindy

    I have been keeping an eye on this ever since it first started. I hope that you all will have a report on 360 about this.

    I understand that people are mad that the police shot and killed Grigoropoulos but the boy had the equivalent of a molotov cocktail that he was about to throw at the officers. They could have shot him somewhere not life threatening but in that split second you don't have much time to react. Either shoot or be hit with the cocktail and burned. It was a no win situation for either side.

    I don't see what rioting is going to do to help the problem? As it does nothing but hurt the ones doing it and their communities.


    December 8, 2008 at 12:11 pm |