Police throwing stones at protesters during the riots in Greece

Maxim Lewerenz

Greece - riots on the streets

The riots in Greece are creating chaos in the country for the second night in a row after a policeman’s bullet killed a young teenager on Sunday.

After shooting the only 15 year old boy the anger of the whole country was focused upon the officers, screaming “murderers” and destroying many hundreds of shops and vehicles.

Memerable bizarre scenes occurred during fights between police and protesters. Running out of teargas the police hecticly improvised by using the protester’s weapon of choice; meaning that the officers were temporarily throwing stones at the attackers.

Starting in Athens where the situation is specially severe, the riot spread over all the major cities by now. It is still unclear if the bullet that killed the teenager was a ricochet as the police claims or if it was a targeted shot by the 37 year old policeman as eyewitnesses stated. The autopsy happening on this day will probably show the results by tomorrow. The prosecution accuses the officer of manslaughter.

The Greek interior Minister Prokopis Pavloupolus handed in his signed letter of resignation yesterday morning but it was refused by the prime minister. “It is inconceivable for there not to be punishment when a person loses their life, particularly when it is a child,” Pavloupolus explains. “The taking of life is something that is not excusable in a democracy.”

The Greek television reported that the situation is calming down with left-extremists leaving the occupied university campuses of Athen’s city centre.

The story of major riots in Greece, the cradle of democracy, is nothing new, but with a killed teenager they are understandibly far more thoroughgoing than they were in recent years.

To be able to relate to the pictures which show the mayhem on the streets it is lethal to know that the left autonomous movement is more powerful, more present and larger in Greece than in any other European country, and the created chaos will underpin their position in Greece even more.