Protests Take Place Across Athens In Spite of Attempted Police Crackdown

Thousands of protesters gathered across Athens on the anniversary of the police murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos on the 6th of December in 2008, with police brutality and general suppression appearing all across the city. Since 5:00 A.M., police had blocked the memorial to Alexis in Exarcheion Square and arrested medical workers who arrived to commemorate his death en masse.

Police arrested medical workers, trade unions, and other groups en masse while preparing for a march in remembrance of Alexis in the Navarinou area of Athens. Several KKE marches were however allowed to proceed without issue at 2 different sites in Athens.

Approximately 30 students were trapped in Patision, Athens, where they then sought refuge in the Feki Gallery. Police began to attack and beat journalists, making sure that no cameras captured the arrests of the students.

About 60 protesters in Maroussi, Athens, successfully held a march without attacks by police.

Police, meanwhile, attacked a group of protesters from Exarcheion Square to Tsamadou street in central Exarcheia, and chased them into a building, throwing a flashbang grenade inside. Any journalists attempting to chase after the scene were attacked by Delta Riot Police divisions on motorbikes.

Protesters from the Anarchist Political Organization gathered at the Evangelismos Metro Station in Athens, and dispersed in time before Delta units made it to the scene.

Dozens of protesters also successfully managed to make it out of Exarchia with the assistance of locals who chased away the police. Helicopters were also seen flying all over the neighborhood, hunting for stray protesters or isolated groups.

Protests finally closed for the night after a march through the Nea Smyrni (New Smyrna) neighborhood.

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