ATHENS, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Greek police fired tear gas at
youths hurling petrol bombs and stones in Athens on Thursday
after a peaceful march to mark the 2008 police killing of a
teenager that sparked the country's worst riots in decades.
Hundreds of students, teachers and leftists held rallies in
the capital and other major cities throughout the day, chanting
"Cops, pigs, murderers!" and "These are Alexis's days!" in
reference to 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
Clashes erupted in the evening after dozens of hooded youths
broke off from a 1,000-strong march, throwing petrol bombs and
stones at riot police in the Exarchia neighborhood where
Grigoropoulos was shot.
Six cars were set alight and at least 28 people were
detained, police said.
Thousands of people took to the streets of the capital just
hours after the shooting on Dec. 6 2008, torching cars and
smashing shop windows.
Fuelled by anger at unemployment and economic hardship, the
riots lasted for weeks, turning central Athens into a virtual
no-go area and helping topple the conservative government of
(Reporting by John Kolesidis; Writing by Karolina Tagaris;
Editing by Andrew Roche)