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(en) Czech, afed: Protest in Exarchy -- The cop who killed Alexis Grigoropoulos is at large. Athenian anarchists immediately expressed disagreement.

Date Sat, 24 Aug 2019 09:43:35 +0300

Around a thousand people gathered at night on August 1, 2019 in the Exarchia district of Athens, where police killed a 15-year-old anarchist Alexandros Grigoropoulos in 2008. They protested against the release of the cop who killed Alexis. The protest grew into street clashes with the police. ---- A former police officer, Epaminondas Korkoneas, was released from jail shortly before the Court of Appeal. He shortened his life sentence to thirteen years, and since Korkoneas had already served a third, he was released. ---- After the demonstration, the anarchists clashed with riot units, throwing molots, stones, as well as tables and chairs from a nearby café. Two people were detained. ----------------- MEDIA ---- Some 30 hooded individuals clashed with police in the downtown Athens district of Exarchia on Wednesday night, marring an otherwise peaceful protest over the release from prison of a police officer who shot and killed a teenager in the area in 2008.

The assailants hurled Molotov cocktails, rocks, and tables and chairs from nearby bars at a riot police squad stationed outside the office of the PASOK party on Harilaou Trikoupi.

No injuries were reported and two people have been arrested over the incident.

The violence came a couple of hours after a few dozen people had gathered a few streets away, at the spot where 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos was shot by police special guard Epameinondas Korkoneas.

The gathering was organized to protest the latter's release from prison on Tuesday following a decision by an appeals court in central Greece to reduce his life sentence to 13 years.

Korkoneas was released after having served one-third of his sentence under the provisions of the new penal code introduced by the previous government during its last days in power.

There is a memorial at the location on the corner of Mesolongiou and Tzavela streets where the killing took place on the night of December 6, 2008, an incident that sparked widespread riots in Athens and other Greek cities.

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