A 16 year old boy was shot dead by the cops in downtown Athens on Saturday December 06th 2008
The highly corrupted greek government wastes also human lives beside natural and economical sources. When a cop can take a child’s life so easily and coldbloodedly with a gun that was given by authority in order to protect citizen’s life, then the social crisis is much more deeper, it’s a general crisis of social and human values…
Highly responsible for this tragic event is the police authority by letting loose poorly trained to respect fundamental human rights personnel, like respect of human life. Highly responsible is also the government being indifferent to train police personnel in non violent methods of crises or conflicts solutions and avoiding use of weapons. On the contrary, it is obvious that these cops make use of weapons in order to demonstrate their power towards unarmed citizens, teenagers, immigrants and sometimes towards their family (many policemen in Greece shot with their official guns their wives or their girlfriends for jealousy). The impunity or the provocative light penalties of such criminal police actions resulted to cop’s abuse of power and easy resort to use of guns.
The police says that a police car at Exarchia was attacked by anarchists with rocks and bats and one of the cops shoot in the air (or ground) to scare them off and the bullet hit somewhere, changed course and hit the boy on the chest. However there are eye witnesses that state that there was no attack, only shouts against the cops and that the cop took a straight shot on the boy. The media also mentioned that there are leaks from inside the police verifying the eye witnesses but the official police statement denies that.
After the murder of the 16 year old boy thousands of people filled with rage gathered and demonstrated in various places in Athens and other greek cities and started rioting and clashing with the police. There are reports about thousands anarchists, leftists and others that took the streets, also about tens of police departments attacked and hundreds of banks, cars, governmental buildings and shops smashed and set on fire. The clashes kept on until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Tomorrow, Sunday, demonstrations are taking place in tenths of greek cities and in some other European cities.
In 1985 also at Exarchia in central Athens, a 16 year old boy, Michalis Kaltezas, was shot dead by a cop, this time with a bullet in the back of his head. Again back then the reaction was very strong by the anarchists, the leftists and plain people disgusted but the police brutality. The classes with the police lasted for days.
and it also in all the major corporate news sites.