Youth Continue Violent Riots in Greece

Two police officers arrested, but unrest spreads
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 7, 2008 2:55 PM CST
The marches are held in protest at the death, Saturday night, of a 16-year-old, shot by a police officer as he, along with others, attacked a police patrol car.    (AP Photo/Nikolas Giakoumidis)
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(Newser) – Hurling firebombs, thousands of demonstrators in Greece continued to clash with police during a second day of riots protesting the police killing of a teenager, the BBC reports. Protesters in Athens attacked banks and shops and lobbed rocks at police, who responded with tear gas. Six people were arrested during yesterday’s riots, which wounded 24 police officers.

The fighting, which is the worst the country has seen in several years, has spread to Thessaloniki and Crete. One protester called the violence “justified” since police “always kill people—immigrants, innocent people—and without any excuse.” The two officers involved in the shooting have been arrested, notes the BBC, but has done little to stem the outrage.