Greek police fire teargas at protesters on riots' anniversary

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 06, 2017 6:43 AM

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek police on Wednesday fired teargas at protesters marching in Athens to mark the ninth anniversary of the killing of a teenager by police, which led to Greece's worst riots for decades.

A couple of hundred protesters, among them black-clad youths and students, marched through central Athens, in a tribute to 15-year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos, who was shot dead in 2008.

Some of the protesters set some garbage containers on fire and hurled stones at police. Police fired teargas to disperse them.

More than 2,000 police were deployed for the demonstrations, a day before a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a police official said.

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou)