The accidental death of a Roma gypsy scavenging among rubbish at the Ano Liossia landfill on Saturday prompted an angry retaliatory attack by other groups of Roma, who attacked the landfill, set fires and torched three machines.
The man was seriously injured when he was accidentally swept away by a refuse compressor and died on his way to Tzanio Hospital in Piraeus.
News of his death triggered an angry reaction, with incidents that lasted two hours before the intervention of MAT riot police to restore order. The fire in the landfill was put out by the fire brigade, using eight fire engines and 24 firemen.
An inquiry into the circumstances of the man's death has been launched by the police.