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(en) [Greece] Video | Athens: Protest turns into revolt against the release of Alexis Grigoropoulos killer policeman By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 10 Aug 2019 11:50:16 +0300

The release of Epaminondas Korkoneas came after a court on Monday, July 29, reduced his life sentence to premeditated murder to just 10 years, based only on good behavior for the killer, meaning any Greek police officer can shoot and kill children because they haven't killed anyone before. Another scandalous aspect of the case is that the life sentence was reduced to 10 years, despite the fact that a few years ago during a trial he publicly said in court that "he will not apologize to a 15-year-old boy for shooting him" . At the same time, policeman Vasilis Saraliotis, his crime partner who was on patrol with Korkoneas on the night of the murder, was found not guilty of any crime,
The murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos that triggered the December 2008 Uprising

December 6, 2008, minutes after 9 pm - December Revolt hour. Two policemen draw their weapons and one shoots a group of young people leaving on a Saturday night in the heart of Exarchia district in central Athens, an area with a long history of insurrection against authority and socio-economic unrest. and politics, inhabited mainly by anarchists, anti-authoritarians and liberals. The police bullet finds in the heart and kills Alexandros Grigoropoulos, 15 years old.

As news of Alexis's murder spreads, mostly over the internet, hundreds of people from the rest of Athens gather in Exarchia, which is surrounded by hundreds of police officers, which in turn infuriates people and the neighborhood quickly catches fire. , with burning barricades and stone attacks on the police, this lasted all night.

Almost the same night, Exarchia's revolt spreads throughout Greece, with attacks on police stations, even in villages. Protests and demonstrations, which escalated into widespread revolt in Greece every day and over the coming weeks, as public buildings were seized and occupied by protesters in dozens of towns and villages across the country.

Outside Greece, demonstrations of solidarity, riots and clashes with local police also take place in more than 70 cities around the world, including London, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Dublin, Berlin, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, The Hague, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Cologne, Seville, Sao Paulo, as well as Nicosia, Cyprus, and Paphos prove for the first time before the "Arab Spring" that people can spread the word and react through protests for the same reason around the world, from San Francisco to Wellington and from Buenos Aires to Siberia.

While the unrest was triggered by the police murder of Alexis Grigoropoulos, the reactions lasted long simply because they were rooted in deeper causes, such as the next financial crisis a year later, which was already felt by the poorer classes and younger generations. , unemployment rate and a feeling of general inefficiency and corruption of the right-wing authorities, institutions and politicians of the Greek state (mainly New Democracy and PASOK parties).

Watch the video (10:37) here:
Translation> keka

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