Athens Relatively Calm after 7 Days of Riots

World | December 14, 2008, Sunday // 00:00
Athens Relatively Calm after 7 Days of Riots: Athens Relatively Calm after 7 Days of Riots Athens is relatively calm on Sunday after 7 days of clashes betwen anarchist protesters and the police. Photo by BGNES

Athens has been relatively calm on Sunday after 7 days of protests and clashes following the death of a teenage schoolboy shot by the police.

The calm follows fresh rioting on Saturday night with protesters throwing Molotov cocktails at police, government buildings, banks and shops.

Earlier in the evening there was a peaceful commemoration for the 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, who was shot dead by the police last week.

The shooting of the boy was the catalyst for the violence, but it comes along with plummeting popularity of the centre-right government against a backdrop of high youth unemployment, rising cost of living, and a widening gap between rich and poor.

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