Over 100 people arrested in Athens during protest to mark anniversary of teen’s death

Over 100 people arrested in Athens during protest to mark anniversary of teen’s death

Over 100 people arrested in Athens during protest to mark anniversary of teen’s death

Over 100 people were arrested in Athens on Sunday, after attempting to protest on the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos in 2008.

On Saturday, Greek police announced stiff fines for people gathering outdoors on Sunday, for reasons of public health related to the coronavirus pandemic. They also extended the number of shut Athens metro stations.

Some 4,000 police officers were deployed to prevent gatherings.

Over 100 people arrested in Athens during protest to mark anniversary of teen’s death

Scores of students, trades unionists and leading leftist politicians, some carrying flowers, tried to defy the covid-19 measures.

Most of the arrests happened in Exarcheia, where 60 people were taken into custody for violating the ban.

Opposition parties denounced the police action’s and demanded those detained be released.

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Hellenic police banned the Polytechnic uprising annual rally in November.

Over 100 people arrested in Athens during protest to mark anniversary of teen’s death

Alexandros Grigoropoulos

15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos (Ανδρέας Γρηγορόπουλος) was murdered by a policeman on the evening of 6 December 2008.

He had been out with his friends in Exarcheia when he was shot dead by the officer following an altercation.

His death sparked violent riots across the country that lasted nearly a month.

The officer, Epaminondas Korkoneas, was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.