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zorro | 07.12.2008 22:56 | Repression | Social Struggles | World




08.12.2008 01:41

The day after the murder of the 16yo by the police and after a night of spontaneous demonstrations and fights with the police in various cities; a series of more organized demonstrations took place today. Thousands of people filled with rage and despair took the streets all over the country. Here are some brief reports.

Athens: The demonstration started at 2.30pm, numbered up to 10,000 people and was very powerful. On the way to the police headquarter, numerous banks, governmental buildings, car dealers and fancy cars were attacked and destroyed and some were set on fire. When the demo came near the police headquarter, the road was blocked by riot police and the heavy fights started. The police used huge amounts of tear gas and that you could smell from miles away and the demonstration broke in smaller parts. The cops were running after some small groups. Others stayed and fought back. The part that managed to reach the police headquarter was brutally attacked by the cops, that was around 5pm. From that point on many of the small or bigger groups were fighting the cops in the alleys and head to the universities. 2 more police stations were attacked with rocks and petrol bombs. Fights with the police were taking place on and off around the 3 major universities in downtown athens until midnight while police (plain, riot and undercover cops) are everywhere. There are many people arrested (exact number not known yet) and many people hurt by the cops. Witnesses say that people were beaten up by the cops after being arrested and handcuffed.

Thessaloniki: The demonstration numbered around 2000 people and on its way 2 police stations were attacked with rocks and petrol bombs. Banks and a ministry were also attacked. There were fights on many occasions, during and after the demonstration. After a point the fights were taking place around the university and kept going for a long time. The police used tear gas and also fired rubber bullets and hit a demonstrator and had to hospitalized.

Volos: The demonstration was heading to the central police station when it found the street blocked by the riot police. Fights broke out and stones and other things were thrown to the cops. The police fired tear gas and the demonstration broke in two. Around 15 banks were smashed.

Patras: The demonstration head to the central police station were the riot cops were waiting. Fights started, rocks were thrown to the cops which threw tear gas in return and garbage cans were set on fire. A car near the police station was set on fire. Banks were also attacked and had their windows smashed. 5 people were arrested.

Iraklio: A demonstration of 600 people took place during which 10 or so banks were smashed. Afterwards there participants decided to class with the police, threw rocks and molotov cocktails and made fire barricades on the streets. The police responded with huge amounts of tear gas. People then headed to the central police station which was destroyed last night and attacked it again.

Ioannina: 500 people demonstrated and classed with the police. All the banks on the demo route where smashed. Rocks were thrown to the riot cops. 3-5 people were brutally beaten by the cops and some of them had to go to the hospital and get stitches. There might be 2 arrests

Kavala: There was no demonstration but the central police station was attacked with rocks and petrol bombs. 3 banks were also smashed.

Chania: 250 people headed to the central police station. On their way they attacked on a police bureau, a bureau of the government party and 2 banks. When they reached the police station they clashed with the riot police. Throwing rocks and sticks. They police used tear gas. Afterwards they attacked and broke the windows of 5-6 more banks.

Corfu: The demonstrated of about 200 people reached the central police station where slogans were written on the walls and threw eggs, paint and other objects and smashed some of its windows.

Mitilini: 150 people smashed some surveillance cameras, banks, a ministry and some more governmental buildings. Slogans were written on walls.

Demonstrations took place in other smaller cities such as Kozani, Arta, Tripoli where the people confronted with the police and slogans were sprayed on walls.

A new round of demonstrations is arranged for tomorrow, Monday, in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Karditsa, Larisa, Korintho, Naxos, Arta, Chania and probably more.

In some european cities, gatherings and demonstrations are organized, some in UK, Germany and Netherlands.



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  1. pic of him — c