Violent Protests in Athens: Greece’s Young Anarchists (Part 2)

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On December 6, protests in Athens and other Greek cities broke out on the sixth anniversary of the killing of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, who was shot in 2008 by a policeman in the district of Exarcheia, a neighborhood in central Athens known as the spiritual home of anarchists.

Annual demonstrations have been organized by many different leftist groups, students, and particularly anarchists, to commemorate the teen’s killing and to protest against police violence. The protests often culminate in clashes between protestors and police.

VICE News attended the 2014 demonstrations, which this year had an additional cause: to support 21-year-old Nikos Romanos, who put himself on hunger strike after authorities prevented him from attending university while in prison — a contravention of Greek law.

Romanos, a self-declared anarchist and the best friend of Grigoropoulos, is behind bars for armed robbery. A few days after the protests, Romanos ended his four-week hunger strike after reaching a compromise with authorities.

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