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Police, Protesters Clash in Athens on Teen Death Anniversary

December 06, 2011

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Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Greek police used tear gas to disperse protesters in Athens outside the Parliament house today amid marches to mark the third anniversary of a death of a Greek teenager.

About 5,000 police officers were deployed in the city center to prevent a repeat of the riots that followed the shooting of Alexis Grigoropoulos in 2008. An estimated 2,000 people, mostly young students, took part in today’s protest, according to a police spokesman who declined to be identified.

Protesters threw rocks and other items at police as the marchers reached the Parliament house, where lawmakers will vote on the 2012 budget later today. The rally is the first of two planned in the Greek capital today.

Grigoropoulos, 15, was killed by a policeman in December 2008. His death sparked weeks of protests around the country.

--Editors: Maria Ermakova, Michelle E. Frazer

To contact the reporters on this story: Eleni Chrepa in Athens at echrepa@bloomberg.net; Maria Petrakis in Athens at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net


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