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Violent protests in Greece after police shoot teenager within the head


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Violent protests erupted in northern Greece on Monday after police shot a youngster in a chase. 

The 16-year-old Roma boy, who’s being handled at a hospital in Thessaloniki, was allegedly shot by one officer within the head. The officer has been arrested and suspended from obligation, in response to police in Greece’s second-largest metropolis. 

Police pursued {the teenager} after he allegedly stuffed his car at a petroleum station and drove off with out paying. 

The incident occurred outdoors Thessaloniki earlier than daybreak Monday. Officers from a motorbike patrol chased {the teenager}’s pickup truck after authorities claimed a gasoline station worker reported he had not paid a invoice of 20 euros.

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Round 1,500 took half within the protest organised by left-wing and anarchist teams in central Thessaloniki. 

Some smashed outlets and threw Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with tear gasoline and stun grenades.

The march ended with none arrests or accidents reported.

A couple of hundred Roma males arrange barricades earlier than that protest. They blocked the principle street outdoors the hospital the place the boy was being handled, setting hearth to garbage bins.   

Police used stun grenades and tear gasoline to disperse the protesters throwing bottles at them outdoors the hospital.

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A number of hundred folks additionally took half in a peaceable protest march in central Athens, the Greek capital, over the teenager’s taking pictures in addition to a previous incident by which a Roma man additionally was shot throughout a police chase. 

“They shot them as a result of they have been Roma,” displayed a banner held by demonstrators in Athens. 

A spokesman for Greece’s essential opposition left-wing Syriza occasion accused the centre-right authorities of failing to maintain extreme policing strategies in verify.

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“Society can now not tolerate this local weather of worry created by excessive police brutality which, for trivial causes, has threatened the lifetime of an underage 16-year-old little one,” mentioned Christos Spirtzis, the occasion spokesman for public order.

Members of the Roma neighborhood in Greece and human rights activists steadily accuse Greek authorities of discriminating towards Roma. 

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A number of Roma males have been fatally shot or injured lately throughout confrontations with police whereas allegedly searching for to evade arrest for breaches of the regulation.

The arrested officer was resulting from seem earlier than a public prosecutor Tuesday on costs of tried manslaughter.


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