Greece ‘like war zone’ with police brutality riots
A day after widespread clashes between anarchists and police in central Athens and Thessaloniki, the scenes coming from the two city centers are shocking.
Cars and motorbikes lie as burned-out hulks, shops are destroyed and streets choked with debris look more like a war zone rather than the bustling, modern city centers that they are.
Last night’s confrontations took place around Exarcheia, a neighborhood that always suffers most during the annual demonstrations. This year marked the tenth anniversary of the murder of the 15-year old boy Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
Young men who claimed to be anarchists, with covered their faces, smashed sidewalk concrete, threw rocks and pieces of lumber at the police during the night. They also placed barricades across several streets in central Athens, around Exarcheia district.