Sunday, December 7, 2008


The Bench front page... Local police fatally shot a 15 year boy. That is tragic. Students are fighting police, resulting in Greece's worst rioting in years. Stores are burning. Homes are damaged. People are injured. Will the violence and destruction bring the dead boy back to life, and what did the innocent victims of the rioting have to do with the police action? ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of youths rampaged through Athens and the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Sunday, burning dozens of shops and vehicles in a second day of rioting after police shot dead a 15-year-old boy. Greece's worst protests in years erupted in the capital late on Saturday after the shooting of the teenager, and quickly spread to Thessaloniki and the tourist islands of Crete and Corfu. Full Story from Reuters... The Baltische Rundschau reports that last night "two policemen were arrested over the killing. The officer who fired that fatal shot was charged with manslaughter, and his colleague with being an accessory." Additionally... Riots rocked Athens and other university towns across Greece yesterday after a teenager was shot dead in a midnight confrontation with police in an inner-city district frequented by extremist youths. As news of the shooting spread hundreds of hooded and helmeted protesters poured into three central districts in Athens, hurling petrol bombs and stones at shopfronts, banks, parked cars and squads of police trying to control the mayhem. Twenty-four policemen were injured. Patrons in bars in the popular Monastiraki district fled as the youths, chanting “Death to the pigs”, set fire to doorways and gutted at least one office building. Looters emptied the shop windows. Full Article... The Mail Online has a good report and photos.