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December 6, 2014
December 6, 2014

Greece: December 6, demos in memory of Grigoropoulos #6dgr (videos + photos)

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Greece: December 6, demos in memory of Grigoropoulos #6dgr (videos + photos)

The place where Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot dead by a police officer

Thousands marched today in all major Greek cities in memory of Alexis Grigoropoulos who was shot dead by the police on December 6, 2008, sparking massive riots throughout the country for several weeks and solidarity actions from all around the world.

In this 6th anniversary of the murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos by the police, his best friend, Nikos Romanos, is on his 27th day of hunger strike, with his health gravely deteriorated. He is fighting for his right to furloughs. He is entitled to these furloughs in order to be able to attend classes at the University Faculty in which he was accepted after successfully sitting the national exams from inside the prison.

In the morning, left wing parties and student associations marched in memory of Alexis Grigoropoulos under heavy police presence but without major incidents. Only in Patras the police, without provocation, charged against the demonstrators breaking them up, beating and detaining several of them.

In the evening the protests were called by anarchist and anti-authoritarian organisations, and the first estimates talk about more than 10,000 protesters in Athens. Extensive clashes took place in Exarcheia after the demonstration with the Police using tear gas and excessive violence.

The protesters remained all night at the barricades in Exarcheia despite the continuous charges by the police -uniformed or undercover.

The inhabitants of Exarcheia showed their solidarity once again and defended the protesters by throwing objects from their balconies, including Molotov cocktails. They even managed to prevent the riot police from breaking down a building door and raiding it.

8,000 police officers were mobilised for this day only in the capital, making extensive and provocative use of violence, tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons, while their brutality and abuse was once more caught in many videos:

– riot police beating a handcuffed protester who was not even resisting:

– riot police is planting bottles in the bag of an arrested protester:

There are several reports, photos and videos of massive presence of undercover police dressed up as protesters. Most notably, the video filmed by a reporter of the left wing radio station Sto Kokkino shows about 50-60 of them passing through the police lines to join their uniformed colleagues.

Only in Athens, the police made 211 detentions, among them 3 journalists, and 29 arrests -many of them are severely beaten by the police.

In Thessaloniki the riot police stormed the City Workers Centre injuring many protesters while they were being pushed back. Earlier, there had been clashes between the protesters and the police, resulting in 17 arrests.

On the island of Mitilini, protesters report unprecedented police brutality with most extreme the case of a young girl who was thrown in the sea only to be detained afterwards. Protesters were chased and beaten, tear gas thrown inside the municipal theatre where 100 protesters had found shelter and 27 people were detained.

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