Greece hit by new riots
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New clashes have broken out on Monday between police and protesters across Greece.
Schools and universities in Athens were closed for at least two days.
Prime Minister Karamanlis has called an emergency cabinet meeting Monday night.

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    ATHENS, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- New clashes broke out on Monday between police and protesters across Greece for a third day, after the death of a 15-year-old boy shot by police on Saturday.

    Fires were burnt in the center of Athens and hundreds of people were wandering through the streets, some attacking banks, businesses and vehicles.

    A large Christmas tree in central Syntagma Square was set on fire and windows on hotels, government buildings and departments stores were smashed.

    Schools and universities in Athens were closed for at least two days.

Riot policemen throw stones towards protesters outside of the main Administrative building of Athens' University, December 8, 2008.

Riot policemen throw stones towards protesters outside of the main Administrative building of Athens' University, December 8, 2008. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    Hundreds of students rushed to the center of the major cities in Greece and threw petrol bombs and set fires to buildings and vehicles while the police used tear gas against rioters.

    Meanwhile in Germany, a dozen demonstrators occupied the Greek consulate in Berlin, replacing the Greek flag with a banner proclaiming Greece a "murderer state." There were also protests at the Greek Embassy in London, according to Athens News Agency.

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has called an emergency cabinet meeting Monday night and he will meet President Karolos Papoulias on Tuesday morning to inform him of the situation prevailing in the country.

    Local media reported that it is a catastrophe and Athens is in a big chaos.

    Earlier on Monday, Karamanlis has gone on television to appeal for calm. He said "extreme elements" were taking advantage of the situation to engage in vandalism and pledged to compensate businesses damaged. Unfortunately, extreme elements have exploited this sad event for their own purposes.

    Massive unrest, sparked by the death of a 15-year-old boy Saturday in Athens, was soon expanded to major Greek cities. The two police who were involved in the case have been arrested. A coroner's report shows the boy was shot in the chest.

Policemen watch protesters outside of the main Administrative building of Athens' University, December 8, 2008.

Policemen watch protesters outside of the main Administrative building of Athens' University, December 8, 2008.  (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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Riots break out in Greece after policeman shoots teenager

A couple runs to escape a fire from a bus station booth during riots in Athens December 7, 2008. Riots raged in several cities after police shot dead a teenage boy in the Greek capital, in the Mediterranean nation's worst civil disturbances in years.

A couple runs to escape a fire from a bus station booth during riots in Athens Dec. 7, 2008. Riots raged in several cities after police shot dead a teenage boy in the Greek capital, in the Mediterranean nation's worst civil disturbances in years. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    ATHENS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Riots broke out in Athens and other Greek cities in the early hours on Sunday after a teenager was allegedly killed by police the previous night.

    Demonstrators took to the streets in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patra and other cities in Greece, setting fires to cars and damaging banks and shops. Full story

Greek PM sends condolences over teenager's death 

    ATHENS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) - Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Sunday sent a letter to the parents of a 16-year-oldboy who was allegedly shot dead by police the previous night.

    The government "will do everything possible" to prevent a repeat of the incident that has led to riots in Athens and other Greek cities, Karamanlis said.  Full story

Greek PM promises "no leniency" over boy's death 

    ATHENS, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said on Sunday that those responsible for the death of the 15-year-old boy shot by police in Exarhia district of Athens the night before should expect no leniency from the state.

    In a letter of condolence to the parents of the slain teenager, Karamanlis promised the state would do everything in its power to prevent such a tragedy occurring again.   Full story 

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