Killing of Armenian boy by police sparks rioting in Greece

The murder by police of a 15-year-old boy of Armenian descent in Athens has triggered the worst rioting in Greece over the past two decades.
Rioters have been attacking shops, banks, hotels and offices. Barricades were erected in central streets. Hundreds of young people were burning cars and clashing with police in Athens, in the northern city of Thessaloniki, and in several other cities.
Today Greek Prime Minister has called an emergency council to find ways to end mass protests.
The rioting started after the shooting between the police and a group of young people in one of the central districts in Athens on Saturday, as a result of which a 15-year-old boy, Alexandros Grigoropoulos who is of Armenian descent from mother’s side, was killed.
Greek authorities fear more unrest today as the funeral of the boy killed by police is to take place in Athens.
The circumstances of the shooting remain unclear, but two police officers have been arrested and charged in the shooting.

Artur Papyan

Journalist, blogger, digital security and media consultant

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  1. when the state becomes reckless it should be halted. For the past years since the neo-fascist Nea Demokratia party came to power in Greece it started slowly destroying the human liberties. hey even send special forces to the Polytechnic few years ago to arrest students, by Greek constitution the universities are considered sovereign entities and the state is not allowed to interfere with their functionality. I was told the the Yerevan state University had also some sovereign entitlements granted after the independence however it was never fully exercised and recently, only 3 years ago the Sate totally removed it.
    Երբ կառավարությունը անցնում է իր չափն ու սահմանը կամ այսինքն սկսում է դառնալ իշխանություն, նրան պետք է սանձել: Այսօր Հունաստանում կատարվող դեպքերը դրա վառ ապացույցն են:

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