Wednesday, December 10, 2008
High school students riot in Thessaloniki
Today there was a nation - wide general strike by trade unions in Greece. In the morning I went to the centre to cover the march however what caught my attention was the parallel march which high school students had organised to protest the killing of Alexandros Grigoropoulos on Saturday. They simply ignored the other march and then went their own way. Cautiously, I followed as they were in no mood to be filmed or photgraphed as a hapless camera man learnt to his cost when they smashed his equipment.
They went on round the centre setting fire to rubbish bins and eventually ended up outside the central police station in Thessaloniki where there protested shouted anti-police slogans. Later on the mood changed and they started to stone the officers there. I saw kids as young as seven lobbing pieces of paving stone and rocks.