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Riots in Greece, Day Three

December 8, 2008

Hundreds of students threw fire bombs at police in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki on Monday in a third day of riots triggered by the fatal shooting of a teenager by police and fueled by rising economic hardship.

By Daniel Flynn and Dina Kyriakidou

Dozens of people have been injured and scores of businesses destroyed in Athens and Thessaloniki during Greece‘s worst rioting in decades, which has piled pressure on a conservative government already falling behind in opinion polls.

The streets of Thessaloniki filled with tear gas on Monday as police chased some 300 left-wing protestors, detaining two youths. More trouble was expected later in the day in Athens, where the Greek Communist Party has called a protest rally despite the arrest of two police officers for the boy’s killing.

A rioter clashes with police on December 7 during a massive ... 
A rioter clashes with police on December 7 during a massive demonstration near the main police station in Athens. A fragile calm has returned to Greece after the country was rocked by heavy rioting at the weekend following a police shooting that left a 15-year-old boy dead.(AFP/Aris Messinis)

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