June 25, 2024

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Incidents in Mesogeon and Aspropyrgos: Roma burn trash bins and block roads

Ethnic unrest continues for the fourth day due to the death of a 17-year-old Roma from a bullet fired by a policeman. Roma are blocking roads in various areas of the capital, burning garbage cans, attacking police and ordinary citizens.

Further incidents occurred on Thursday (November 16) afternoon when Roma carried out a raid from a camp in the Chalandri area. At this time, the gypsies set fire to garbage cans in the area of ​​Mesogion Street, which is why a suffocating atmosphere reigned in the surrounding area. Police and OPKE. Police forces pushed back protesters with stun grenades and tear gas.

On Wednesday evening, similar protests took place in the Aspropirgo and Menidi areas. Roma also blocked roads and burned garbage cans. A gypsy was shot dead during a police chase in the city of Thebes, north of Attica, on Saturday evening. According to media reports, police tried to search a suspicious car in the greater Aliarto area in the Viotia region, but the car did not stop.

A chase ensued and at one point the car was surrounded by police in a dead-end lane in the village of Layontari in Thebes. According to police sources, one of the minor passengers tried to snatch the officer’s gun, which then went off, killing the young man. The brother of the deceased claims that it was the policeman who fired the gun.

The 41-year-old police officer from the OPKE unit whose pistol was fired stated: “When I opened the car door, he tried to snatch my gun from my hands. When I realized his intention, I tried to free the gun and heard the roar of a shot.”

However, three other passengers in the car, a boy and two girls, said that the guy was beaten by a policeman before the incident ended in a bloody event.

According to the TV channel’s report OPEN TV, it all happened shortly after 12 midnight. The black car, in which there were 4 people, did not stop when the police signaled to check. A chase ensued for approximately 20 km. Finally, the car was driven into a dead end by a police crew. Witnesses say a shot was then heard, fatally wounding the driver. The policeman who owns the weapon has been detained. An autopsy will establish the exact cause of the young Gypsy’s death, and also check whether there were any signs of a fight on the body.

As it became known on Thursday, November 16, specialists from the forensic laboratory ΕΛ.ΑΣ. found traces of gunpowder on the hand of 17-year-old Roma Christos, shot dead by a policeman in Viotia.

The results of the examination, received on November 15, indicate a shot from a very close range. The investigation into the death of a teenager from a bullet fired from a police officer’s pistol continues. New facts are constantly being added to the case materials, which are promptly considered by the judicial authorities.

The death of a young gypsy led to riots in Aspropirgo, Thebes and Athens.


On Monday evening, large groups of people took to the ring road in the Egalio area and began throwing stones at passing cars. Authorities say this is the reaction of Roma to the murder of a teenager in Viotia. The authorities closed the road to vehicle traffic from the level of NATO Avenue in the direction of Scaramanga.

For the second day in a row, groups of gypsies provoked incidents on the “bridge of terror” in Piri from Thebes by setting fires.

According to Radio Thebes, police are at the scene and traffic has been stopped.

After a video with unprecedented threats from the Roma was published on social networks, it escalated even more:


“If there is a war, I will kill the Greeks. If there is a war, I will cut off the heads of the policemen,” – said a young gypsy in a video posted on TikTok. First, the still unknown man talks about the death of a teenager, then declares that he wants war, and that if it starts, then “We will be the first enemies of Greece. I will blow off the heads of the police.”

At the same time, a new round of incidents occurred on Tuesday night: dozens of Roma intensified their mobilization in connection with the fatal wounding of a teenager by a policeman in Boeotia and set up fire barricades in Megara, Thebes, Aliarto and Thessaloniki. Serious incidents occurred on the evening of November 13 in Megara, leading to the closure of the Athens-Corinth National Road for approximately an hour in both directions. The gathered gypsies set fire to tires and threw stones on the road, threatening the safety of passing drivers. A group of gypsies broke the windows of a bus returning from Nafplio. Frightened passengers left the bus, and the driver called the police.

Incidents in Thebes and Aliartos – the mayor of Aliartos was wounded. In the Thebes region, incidents involving gypsy groups are escalating. In Piri Thebes and on the “bridge of terror,” as they call the bridge of the Livadia-Thebes highway, at the Aliartu level, Roma gathered, set up barricades and lit bonfires to protest the death of the teenager. For the third day now, traffic on the Livadia-Thebes national road has been redirected along bypass routes, and reinforced police are closely monitoring the situation to prevent the escalation of incidents.

Young gypsies set fire to garbage cans and tires, creating a suffocating atmosphere in the area. The tension that reigned in Aliarto due to groups of people blocking the Thebes-Livadia ring road with fires can be seen in a video posted by the area’s mayor, George Dasiotis.

Scenes of chaos unfolded in Aliarto on Tuesday evening as the town’s mayor, Georgios Dasiotis, tried to approach the gathered Roma and calm them down.


The crowd threw bottles and various objects at him, as a result of which the mayor was wounded in the face and was taken to the Aliarto Medical Center for first aid.

This is not the first such incident. A similar thing happened a little less than a year ago in the suburbs of Thessaloniki. A 16-year-old Gypsy man was shot and killed during a police chase. The teenager filled up with gas for 20 euros and left the gas station without paying the bill. During the ensuing police chase he was shot in the head. The policeman who shot the young man, as in the recent incident, was arrested. The investigation revealed that it was he who fired his service weapon to stop the criminal fleeing the crime scene. Officer charged with attempted manslaughter.

Local police try not to mess with gypsies, realizing that powerful pressure from organized Roma communities, as well as the strange loyalty of the country’s political leadership to offenses by Roma, could influence the courts. As a result, a police officer who did his duty and followed instructions may be charged and convicted.

The results of the examination, received on November 15, indicate a shot from a very close range. The investigation into the death of a teenager from a bullet fired from a police officer’s pistol continues. New facts are constantly being added to the case materials, which are promptly considered by the judicial authorities.

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