Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Greek riots on Wikipedia
Following the example of net user's response to the tragedy in Mumbai, the Greek riots have also generated a wiki page. I kick myself for not having looked in Wikipedia earlier.
"The 2008 Greek riots started on 6 December 2008, when 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γρηγορόπουλος) dropped dead almost immediately after being hit by a bullet fired by Greek Police special guard, Epaminondas Korkoneas (Greek: Επαμεινώνδας Κορκονέας), following a small altercation between police and a group of youths in the Exarcheia district of Athens .
According to eye-witnesses, the special guard shot the 15-year-old directly on the left side of his chest. The guard asserts, however, that the boy was killed by a ricochet. The forensic autopsy was inconclusive, and the results of the ballistics are still expected. according to police, Grigoropolous was shot as he attempted to throw a fuel-filled bomb at police. The confrontation resulted in widespread rioting and demonstrations across the city, with hundreds of youths engaging riot police with Molotov cocktails and damaging property.
Demonstrations and rioting later spread to several other cities, including Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city. Outside Greece, demonstrations, riots, and clashes, also took place in Cyprus, in the capital Nicosia and the western city of Paphos on December 8. Newspaper Kathimerini called the rioting "the worst Greece has seen since the restoration of democracy in 1974".