ÇAs has been the case every year on December 6, students of the left demonstrate in memory of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, killed at the age of 15 by a police shooting in 2008 in the controversial neighborhood of Exarcheia, close to the center of the Greek capital.
This incident led to intense riots across the country which lasted for several months during the Conservative Government of Kostas Karamanlis.
The officer who shot Alexis Grigoropoulos has been sentenced to life in prison for voluntary manslaughter. He was released last June, under the current Conservative Government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, following an appeals process.
Fourteen years later, hundreds of people today remembered the teenager in the center of Athens, who was closed to circulation.
More than 4,000 police have been deployed to Syntagma square, which is often the scene of protests, some of which degenerate into clashes with the police.
The agents, including elements of the intervention forces, formed a security cordon in the square, according to the AFP news agency.
“These days are those of Alexis”, read a huge banner carried by the students at the head of the demonstration, in which they denounced police violence and impunity.
Other posters and slogans remembered the 16-year-old teenager, from the Roma community, who on Monday was seriously injured in the head following a bullet fired by a policeman in Thessaloniki, northern Greece.
The policeman opened fire during a chase involving a boy who was trying to escape from a service station without paying a €20 bill.
Having had surgery on his head, the young gypsy youth remained in critical condition today.
This case, which once again aroused deep emotion in the country, is part of a context of continuous police violence and has motivated the revolt of the Roma community in Thessaloniki and Athens.
On Monday night, protesters blocked several streets with small fires and damaged shop windows.
For this afternoon another demonstration was scheduled for the center of Athens called by parties, left-wing groups and those defending human rights in memory of Alexis Grigoropoulos.
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