December 6th marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of 15-year-old student Alexis Grigoropoulos by a cop in Athens. Across Greece, attacks against the police and political figures have erupted in the days surrounding the anniversary.
On December 3rd, the building of the riot police (MAT-YMET) in Kaisariani, Athens was attacked with molotovs.
December 6th: Police equipment was seized by anarchists. Clashes broke out in various Greek cities, such as Volos, Larissa, Heraklion, Chania (Crete Island), and Agrinio.
The home of Minister of State Alekos Flambouraris in Exarchia, attacked with molotovs and stones.
Anarchists erected flaming barricades against riot police in Exarchia.
Students clash with police forces in downtown Athens.
Riot cops were attacked with molotovs and fireworks in the city of Thessaloniki.
A message was sent from comrades in prison: “These Days Are Alexis’…Black December”
What happened 10 years ago: A little after Alexis and his comrades had exchanged words with two cops in Exarchia, Athens, they returned and one pulled out his gun and shot Grigoropoulos. Alexis died a few minutes later in his friend’s lap. This immediately sparkled some of the heaviest protests in Greece for over 20 years.