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Extended riots in Exarcheia four years after the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by police

On December 6, 2012, four years on from the cold-blooded murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos by police, the Athens neighbourhood of Exarcheia saw yet another round of riots and clashes between people and the police.

As of 22.30 GMT+2 (Athens time) intense clashes continued at Exarcheia square, as well as at Mesollogiou and Tzavela streets, which is where Alexis was murdered. Barricades have been set up in many side-streets leading to the square. Riot police have attempted to storm the square a few times, only to be fought back by the people. In one of those occassions an undercover policeman was discovered by the people and severely beaten.

There is at least one heavily injured demonstrator. So far, at last 78 people have been detained of which 9 were arrested (i.e. charged).


  1. hans wrote:

    I do not think that it makes sense to fight the police, unless you have real chance of beating them. Policemen are usually extremely brutal, reckless, and cowardly. They do not even refrain from torture. Thus, you can only beat a policemen if you act more brutally, more recklessly, and more cowardly then they do. Because of this, fighting the police is, in my opinion, a waste of time and energy. The only way to win such a fight would be to have better weapons or greatly outnumber them. Furthermore, the wages of a policemen are generally rather low and he is oppressed by the very same system that oppresses all of us. Of course, we have to protect ourselves from attacks by the police, but this is merely a defensive strategy.

    Thus to really overcome the system we have to create a different world by ourselves. Because in today modern states the monopoly of violence (police, army et cetera …) is owned by the state alone, I would think that it is very difficult and only with extremely high losses, e.g. 90% of the whole population killed, if not impossible, to overcome the system through riots and violence. There has to be a different way out … My hope is with the Greek people. It seems that more than 2000 years after the great philosophers and after inventing democracy, the people of Greek are the spearhead of a liberation movement that may transform the world once again.

    Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
  2. Johnny wrote:

    Just don’t count on it.

    Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

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