The Carbon Comrade
13th July 2004
Riots sparked by the fatal shooting of a teenager by police have spread to the northern city of Salonika in Greece.
A dozen banks and shops were torched by a crowd protesting at the 16-year-old boy's death in the capital Athens. According to witnesses, the shooting occurred after a small group of youths attacked a police patrol car. An officer responded by firing three shots, hitting the teenager in the chest. The incident enraged hundreds of youths in the area who began rioting - attacking other police cars with stones and firebombs. The two (police officers) maintain that they were attacked again and responded, with one firing a stun grenade and the other, by shooting three times, resulting in the fatal wounding of the minor. Police then fired tear gas at the crowd, evacuating some restaurants in the area and closing several streets to all traffic. The incident took place in the central Exarchia district, a regular flash-point of trouble between police and gangs of self-proclaimed anarchists. However, the unrest spread to Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, when news of the death was reported. Protests also soon spread to the northern cities of Komotini and Ioannina. The two officers and the local precinct commander have been suspended pending an investigation. And Greek interior minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos has promised to probe the circumstances of the shooting. "On behalf of the government and the prime minister, I express my sorrow for the incident and especially the death of the young boy," he told the Mega TV station. "An investigation to clarify the situation has already begun. "There will be an exemplary punishment and measures will be taken so that such a thing will not be repeated."
Ok, so maybe the policemen shouldn't have used such lethal force, but youths attacking a police car. What exactly did they expect? This is just another story, on a group of youths who don't go by the law, and think that its funny, or cool to do public damage, and to annoy police officers. If these kids have no respect for the law, then they're asking to be shot. It seems few too many youths these days actually care about the rules that have been laid down by their elders. Source: Riots After Greek Police Shoot Dead Teen In Athens City Centre | World News | Sky News
Kid got what he deserved IMO, he shouldn't have attacked the patroling police car, that was just selfdefence.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
Sit down at a rough table without the chips to cover your stake you'd better be prepared for the outcome.
7th December 2003
Of course the other side says that the kid was shot without any provocation. But that seems not very likely.
In any case it seems weird that people take such an incident as valid excuse to burn down random shops and offices. People who behave like that don't have to act surprised if they end up on the receiving end of some police brutality.
I'v read in the paper that the officer is likely to be charged for homicide.
I'm too cool to Post
16th July 2003
IIRC Greece has had some terrorist problems so the cops may have been edgy already, the kids should have not attacked a police car, especially if the cops were in it.
I have had friends steal the keys to a cop car that had the keys left in it, I have seen people turn on the lights and sirens and lock the cop cars doors with the keys in it. I have known friends that jacked up a cop car and put concrete blocks under the car under the subframe rail so the rear tires were just off the ground so it would not move.
But no one i knew ever messed with or attacked a car with the cops in it, thats just asking for trouble.
Speaking of doing stupid shit...
Some kids went around in moms SUV one night and did drive by shootings at people with a paintball gun loaded with red paint.
They would see someone walking down sidewalk and slow down and roll down window and shoot them from about 5-10ft away. Some of the people were panicking because they thought they had actually been shot. It was summertime so thin clothes and paintballs hitting at fairly close range can sting like hell and leave a bruise.
Someone heard about it and called the police and the police found the video camera and arrested the kids and put them in juvenile hall. Parents of course protested the kids innocence til they saw the video.
Cops said that it was amazing the kids didnt get shot at by someone with a real gun.
A Police Psychologist was shocked and alarmed by how much pleasure the kids got out of shooting people and leaving them laying on the sidewalk thinking they had been shot.
There was a incident in last few years in US where a kid ran in front of a cop called to investigate people sneaking around. Cop saw kid and said freeze, kid turned toward cop with a toy gun in his hand and cop thought it was a real gun and shot and killed the boy. There was alot of public outrage but I dont remember there being any rioting.