Protests in Greece Continue to Turn Violent

December 8, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Two days after the police shot dead a 15 year old teenager, Greek groupss have vowed another wave of protests against the government. It has already left dozens injured across the country as thousand of youth clashed with the police in Athens and other cities of Greece. It is one of the worst protests in several years in Greece and protesters have already burnt dozens of cars and shops.

According to BBC’s Malcolm Brant in Athens, the protests have turned out to be more politically motivated, with the socialist opposition party, PASOK, keen to discredit the struggling communist government. He also added that the protests continue to go on in the university cities where they have been given tacit consent by their tutors. University professors stated that they would start a three day walkout against the government. Workers in Greece are already on a nationwide strike against the pension reforms and economic policies. Professors do not plan to join the worker’s strike but plan their own walkout in the country.

In recent years, the Greek youth has been angry with the government and the economic situations in the country. The gap between the rich and the poor has been widening and student rallies, violence, and bomb attacks by anarchist groups had been common. The current protests by the students and the anarchists have shocked the nations as they have continued to ignore the government’s appeal for calm.

Interior Minister, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, had submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister which was rejected subsequently.


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