Alexander Grigoropoulos anniversary of death on Dec. 6 sparks fears for revolt
The Greek police force is taking action to reinforce security on the December 6 anniversary of seven years since the death of Alexander Grigoropoulos. The young boy died aged 15 after two special guards of the Greek police clashed with a small group of young men and fired three shots of which one caused the death of the boy who became a catalyst for unleashing widespread Greek anger on many issues ranging from police mistreatment of protestors to economic stagnation, government corruption and many more issues.
Every year, the anniversary of the death has been remembered with a number of clashes and this year is no exception. The suburb of Exarcheia, a hub for anarchists, is where most of the demonstrations take place. In the past, hooded anti-state protestors have gathered at balconies catapulting objects at police.
Last year, there were stones, molotov cocktails and even a refrigerator being thrown from rooftops. Now, the police is preparing for more of the same with a force of 5,000 to 6,000 police men prepared to isolate the anti-state rebels in Exarcheia using the same strategy that they had used during the anniversary of the Polytechnic on November 17.
Police are concerned that this year’s demonstrations may be even more violent than in the past following a call made by Nikos Romanos, a friend of the killed schoolboy who is serving time in jail. In a letter written from prison, he heralded the start of a “black December.”
Heeding his call, groups of anti-state rebels have already proceeded over the last 10 days to revolt on a small scale with arson attempts at various regions. There are fears that riots will escalate over the coming days.
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