Thousands of police in Athens for riot anniversary

Thousands of police were today deployed across the Greek capital to prevent violence during demonstrations to mark the first anniversary of the fatal police shooting of a teenager.

The death of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos last December sparked two weeks of some of the worst riots Greece had ever seen, with youths smashing, looting and burning stores and vehicles in cities across the country.

Students and far-left groups are planning demonstrations through Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki today to mark the teenager’s death.

Greece’s new Socialist government has vowed a zero-tolerance approach to any violence during the commemorations.

On Saturday night, police detained about 160 youths and raided what they described as a firebomb-making hideout.

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