Rioters in Greece attack police station, banks
ATHENS - Scores of youths attacked a police station, stores, and banks yesterday, as candlelight vigils were being held to mark a week since the police killing of a 15-year-old male that triggered massive riots across Greece.
Dozens of youths on foot and on motorcycles attacked a police station in central Athens, at least three banks, several stores, and a government building, authorities said. The youths threw at least one petrol bomb at the police station yesterday evening before smashing paving stones and setting up barricades with burning trash bins.
The latest violence occurred as hundreds of schoolchildren holding candles gathered peacefully outside parliament and at the site where teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot.
Protests have injured at least 70 people and left hundreds of stores smashed and looted in Greek cities over the past week. More than 200 people have been arrested.
While most of the protesters have been peaceful, the tone of the demonstrations has been set by a violent fringe.
Greek youths taking part in protests every day since the youth's death are angry not just at the police, but at an increasingly unpopular government and over economic issues. They promised to remain on the streets until their concerns are addressed.
The two officers involved in the youth's shooting were arrested. One was charged with murder and the other as an accomplice. The circumstances of the shooting were unclear.