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Three injured during march marking Grigoropoulos shooting

Δημοσίευση 7 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 09:17 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Three injured during march marking Grigoropoulos shooting
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Three people were injured and rushed to hospital for first aid during incidents between police and protestors outside the gates of the Athens University (Propylaea) on Monday afternoon, during demonstrations commemorating the second anniversary since the fatal shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by police in 2008.

Three people were injured and rushed to hospital for first aid during incidents between police and protestors outside the gates of the Athens University (Propylaea) on Monday afternoon, during demonstrations commemorating the second anniversary since the fatal shooting of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by police in 2008.

Police said the three people injured were a man beaten by youths who suspected him of being a plain-clothes police officer, a woman suffering from shock after a flare exploded next to her at the junction of Ippokratous and Panepistimiou streets and a man found injured in unknown circumstances on the corner of Aiolou and Stadiou streets.

The march from the university gates to Parliament was marked by scenes of violence, following an earlier rally by teachers, students and school pupils against the teenager's killing. Hundreds of people gathered near Propylea to protest while the civil servants’ union ADEDY had called work stoppages throughout the day.

Even before the start of the march, groups of anti-establishment groups set fire to a bus stop and erected road blockades using rubbish bins that they then torched, while others vandalised a telephone booth. Youths also threw rocks and other objects at MAT riot police, while police responded with the use of tear gas and flash grenades.

When police managed to restore order, the march toward Syntagma via Stadiou street began, guarded by police but violence erupted again when it reached Syntagma, when youths among the protestors again attacked police on guard outside Parliament with petrol bombs and police again replied with use of tear gas. Once the majority of those in the march had moved on down Panepistimou street, MAT forces pursued some of those throwing stones and petrol bombs to the entrance of Syntagma metro station, while motorcycle police were stationed along Amalias Avenue.

Other hood-wearing, anti-establishment youths remained on the scene after other demonstrators had dispersed, throwing rocks and petrol bombs and also setting fire to rubbish bins in front of a bank on the Korai pedestrian street. The fire brigade put out the fires while a limited number of protestors remained within the university grounds.

Earlier, a group of mostly teens threw rocks against a police station in the west Athens district of Peristeri, while traffic on a main thoroughfare, Kifissias Avenue, was periodically blocked by other groups of protesters.