June 12, 2024

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Police prepare for riots on 14th anniversary of Grigoropoulos death


The Panepistimio metro station in the center of Athens will be closed from 9:00 am until further notice on Tuesday 6 December 2022 by order of the police, due to events marking the anniversary of the murder of teenager Alexandros Grigoropoulos in 2008.

Athens police to be put on high alert to the twelfth anniversary of the tragic death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos at the hands of a policeman in the Exarchia area. The center of the capital of Greece froze in anticipation of the riots that have already become traditional on December 6, which anarchists arrange in “memory” already 14th anniversary killings 15 year old student Alexandros Grigoropoulos from a policeman’s bullet in a metropolitan area Exarchia.

Metro trains will pass through the station without stopping. According to the Greek police ELAS, traffic restrictions are also expected in the center of Athens at noon and early evening due to two protest rallies. Actions are scheduled for 12 noon and 6 pm. Police are asking motorists not to drive or park their vehicles in the wider event area.

Athens police to be put on high alert to the twelfth anniversary of the tragic death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos at the hands of a policeman in the Exarchia area. The center of the capital of Greece froze in anticipation of the riots that have already become traditional on December 6, which anarchists arrange in “memory” already 14th anniversary killings 15 year old student Alexandros Grigoropoulos from a policeman’s bullet in a metropolitan area Exarchia.

In anticipation of the riots, the Greek authorities put 3,500 police officers on high alert.


Commemorative demonstrations will take place in all cities of Greece. In Athens, schoolchildren and students will gather near the building of the Propylaea at 12 o’clock, and at 18 o’clock a meeting of anarchist organizations is planned there. In Thessaloniki, a general gathering is announced near the Kamara arch at 18:00.

In light of the active actions of the police to squeeze out the anarchists from their headquarters and the buildings they seized, as well as the numerous arrests of party members and their supporters, the police suggest that on this day the anarchists may prepare “surprises” for the authorities.

On December 6, 2008, while patrolling the Athens district of Exarchia, a policeman accidentally shot 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos. His death provoked two weeks of protests across the country, hundreds of arsons, pogroms in Athens and other Greek cities. Every year, on the anniversary of his assassination, youth demonstrations are held across the country, which end in pogroms and arson.

Since 2008, the actions carried out by anarchists to commemorate the death of a teenager are considered the strongest. In terms of the number of participants and mass character, they surpass even the ever-memorable November 17which this year went surprisingly smoothly.

Athens prepares for a night of riots: 8th anniversary of the death of Grigoropoulos

Memorial plaque at the site of the death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos.


According to the General Directorate of Police, the planned security forces will be doubled in police stations and public buildings. Between 2,000 and 3,000 special police officers will be assigned to “high-risk” zones in different parts of Athens. Hundreds of officers on motorcycles of Dias units will patrol the areas, undercover police officers and traffic police officers will be assigned exclusively to marches. No reinforcements are expected from other Greek cities, while the action plan calls for the fire department to be on high alert and prosecutors to be called in for double shifts.

It is also reported that from the morning of December 6, a significant number of plainclothes officers will patrol the places of alleged unrest to monitor the movements of suspects in the traditional anarchist stronghold of Exarchia and other parts of the capital.

On this day, unmanned aerial vehicles will patrol the sky over the city, which will identify the places where riot incidents occurred for the police.

In anticipation of the riots, the Greek authorities put 3,500 police officers on high alert.


Commemorative demonstrations will take place in all cities of Greece. In Athens, schoolchildren and students will gather near the building of the Propylaea at 12 o’clock, and at 18 o’clock a meeting of anarchist organizations is planned there. In Thessaloniki, a general gathering is announced near the Kamara arch at 18:00.

In light of the active actions of the police to squeeze out the anarchists from their headquarters and the buildings they seized, as well as the numerous arrests of party members and their supporters, the police suggest that on this day the anarchists may prepare “surprises” for the authorities.

On December 6, 2008, while patrolling the Athens district of Exarchia, a policeman accidentally shot 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos. His death provoked two weeks of protests across the country, hundreds of arsons, pogroms in Athens and other Greek cities. Every year, on the anniversary of his assassination, youth demonstrations are held across the country, which end in pogroms and arson.

Since 2008, the actions carried out by anarchists to commemorate the death of a teenager are considered the strongest. In terms of the number of participants and mass character, they surpass even the ever-memorable November 17which this year went surprisingly smoothly.

Athens prepares for a night of riots: 8th anniversary of the death of Grigoropoulos

Memorial plaque at the site of the death of Alexandros Grigoropoulos.


According to the General Directorate of Police, the planned security forces will be doubled in police stations and public buildings. Between 2,000 and 3,000 special police officers will be assigned to “high-risk” zones in different parts of Athens. Hundreds of officers on motorcycles of Dias units will patrol the areas, undercover police officers and traffic police officers will be assigned exclusively to marches. No reinforcements are expected from other Greek cities, while the action plan calls for the fire department to be on high alert and prosecutors to be called in for double shifts.

It is also reported that from the morning of December 6, a significant number of plainclothes officers will patrol the places of alleged unrest to monitor the movements of suspects in the traditional anarchist stronghold of Exarchia and other parts of the capital.

On this day, unmanned aerial vehicles will patrol the sky over the city, which will identify the places where riot incidents occurred for the police.



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