posted at 18:50
Author: The Associated Press
Athens police shooting protesters throw firebombs, damage storefronts
ATHENS, Greece - A march by thousands of people through central Athens to mark the anniversary of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager quickly turned violent Saturday, as marchers damaged storefronts and bus stations and set fire to clothes looted from a shop, ATMs and cars. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades after a crowd beat up two plainclothes policemen. The marches were commemorating the Dec. 6, 2008, police killing of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in the capital, which led to two weeks of the most violent rioting Greece had seen in decades. Grigoropoulos' killer, police officer Epaminondas Korkoneas, is serving a life sentence. On Saturday, about 5,000 people marched in Athens, passing the Greek Parliament and heading toward the spot where Grigoropoulos was killed, police said. Police cordoned off the neighborhood's central square, firing tear gas and pepper spray. The protesters burned cars and scuffled with police. Romanos, currently hospitalized under police guard, has been on the hunger strike since last month, and doctors have said his health is failing.

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