Scores of primarily youthful demonstrators who took to the streets of the Greek capital to mark the eleventh anniversary of the brutal murder of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos in Athens’ Exarcheia district clashed with police on Friday evening.
Clashes also took place in the cities of Thessaloniki and Patras.
Another occurrence of the annual clashes between so-called Anarchists and police forces on the anniversary of this tragic incident, which have somehow become a normalized phenomenon, took place on different streets in the neighborhood of Exarchia.
Most of those who clashed with police officers had their faces covered with black masks and hoodies.
They smashed sidewalk concrete, threw rocks and placed barricades around several streets in the area, before attacking the police with Molotov cocktail petrol bombs.
This year, the orders from the Citizen’s Protection Ministry and police headquarters in Athens were to show “zero tolerance” to violence and incidents that could lead to the destruction of public and private property, and to proceed with the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.
A total of nineteen individuals were arrested. Ten of them in Athens, seven in Thessaloniki and two in Patras.
Later in the night, a series of attacks took place in bank ATMs and shops, in various areas of Attica.
Incidents of police misconduct on Friday night have been reported on social media as well.
Ανοίξατε πάλι άσχημους λογαριασμούς με την Ιστορία, αλλά η Ιστορία τούτη τη φορά θα σας το ανταποδώσει με τον σκληρότερο τρόπο. pic.twitter.com/YLt1OyXijq
— Ιωάννης Γ. Μοίρας (@IoannisMoiras) December 7, 2019
There are videos and photographs, showing men of the riot police unit (MAT) using excessive force against young individuals in Exarchia.
However, no official statement has been made so far on the incidents on behalf of the Citizen’s Protection Minister or the Headquarters of the Hellenic Police.