If you are not a Greek native, then you don’t get the clear picture of why the riots in Greece started. This is because you probably don’t know some details about modern Greek history.
The whole thing started when the 37 year old police officer, Epaminondas Korkoneas, shot and killed 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in the area of Exarchia, in downtown Athens on Saturday, December 6 2008.
Initialy it was stated that the police officer had fired 3 warning shots and that the kid was killed by accident.
Witnesses stated that he aimed and fired.
- This takes us back to the 17th of November of 1985 when another 15 year old kid, Michalis Kaltezas, was shot in the back of his head by police officer Thanasis Melistas. Melistas was sentenced for two and a half years and he got out in 8-1/2 months.
- On the 16th of November 1980, 20 year old Stamatina Kanelopoulou and 26 year old Iakovos Koumis were beaten to death by police. None were charged and the killers were never found.
- During August 1985, 22 year old American citizen Kathrin John Bull was shot dead after her denial to the cops to search her car.
- In March 1990 another 15 year old student was shot in the city of Preveza. He was killed cause he was trying to break into a video club.
- In April 1993 police officer Elias Stamatopoulos shot dead 25 year old Giannis Tzitzis in a bar.
- The musician Theodor Giakas was shot dead in January 1994.
- In January 1996 police killed an immigrant.
- In June 1996 police killed 20 year old immigrant Fantil Nambuzi, who tried to steal two watermelons.
- 45 year old Tasos Mouratis was shot dead by a police officer in front of his kids during November 1996.
- 26 years old Elias Mexis didn’t stop for a police control in August 1998. He was shot dead.
- Police killed 17 year old Yugoslavian Marco Bulatovic in Thessaloniki in October 1998.
- In March 2000, 18 year old Giorgos Atmatzidis didn’t stop for a police control, he was shot dead.
- Police shot in the head 21 year old Marinos Christopoulos. He didn’t stop for a control. It was October 2001.
- 22 years old Iraklis Maragakis didn’t stop for a police control in December 2003, he was shot in the head.
- The cops beat up and injured Cypriot student Augoustinos Dimitriou in Thessaloniki during the polytechnic demonstration in 2006.
- During August 2007, Greek police clashed with African immigrants protesting the death of a Nigerian man in the city of Thessaloniki.
Now, what we have here is police brutality.
The killers remain unpunished.
Alexandros Grigoropoulos’s mother received a phone call by some unknown person that told her to go to the hospital because her son was hurt and she better take a friend with her.
Police never contacted her nor did they go to her door to bring her to the hospital.
As young kids see their parents struggling to make ends meet and they see no justice administrated for criminal activity brought on by people who are committed to “serving and protecting”, the riots started. All this follows on the heels of ultimate corruption within the church and political inactivity in the massive destruction of fires in 2007.
In Greece money begets power.
The average working citizen, regardless of outcries and demands for justice, reached a boiling point with the ensuing result.
Today, December 10 2008, there is a general strike in Greece.
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