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Unrest and arrests during the procession in commemoration of Alexis Grigoropoulos

06 December 2013 / 21:12:52  GRReporter
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Heavy clashes between the protesters and the police marked the afternoon procession held to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos. The participants had set off to Syntagma Square shortly before 7:00 pm where they were faced with large numbers of police forces who had surrounded the entire area around the parliament.

The procession passed along Panepistimiou street to get to Omonia Square. From there, the majority of the participants set off to the murder scene in the Exarcheia neighbourhood. The first weak clashes between the police and the protesters started on Stournari street, near the old building of the Polytechnic School, shortly after 8:00 pm. At the same time, a group of young people started throwing stones at the police who responded with light and sound grenades.

The clashes became more severe when several youths started throwing Molotov petrol bombs and the police forces used tear gas to repel them. At first, the unrest erupted in the square in Exarcheia but then subsequently transferred to the surrounding streets, setting fire to a parked car.

Meanwhile, the police have permitted the reopening of the underground stations "Syntagma", "Panepistimio" and "Evangelismos", which had been closed since this morning.

There was tension during the morning procession too. A group of protesters had started throwing stones, wild oranges and water bottles at the police officers, guarding Korai street. The police responded with chemical gas and arrested a large number of participants in the procession and riots.

Throughout the day, the police seized 55 and arrested 10 people in connection with attacks on police officers and for causing damage and other offences.

Tags: Crime newsProcessionAlexis GrigoropoulosAnniversaryUnrestClashesPoliceArrests
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