Thousands protest in Greece in memory of slain teen, Alexandros Grigoropoulos

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Thousands of people protested in the Greek city of Athens on Monday to mark the 13th anniversary of the fatal shooting of teenager, Alexis Grigoropoulos, by a police officer in 2008.

Police were out in force on the day as one rally by students took place at 12pm, while another by far-left groups took place at 6pm. Both started outside the main entrance to the University of Athens.

Police were out in force on Monday in Athens.

According to Ekathimerini, the protests were relatively peaceful this year with roughly three people arrested and 11 detained by police.

The three arrested individuals are all minors and were found in possession of four Molotov cocktails by the police in Syggrou-Fix, central Athens.

Every year, demonstrators gather to commemorate the memory of Grigoropoulos.

He was killed by a Special Guard of the Greek Police Force on December 6, 2008, after a verbal altercation that witnesses say was instigated by the officer and his partner.

READ MORE: On this day: Murder of Greek Student Alexandros Grigoropoulos.

Alexandros Grigoropoulos was killed by police in 2008.

The two officers were both charged and found guilty in relation to the murder, one with the murder itself and the other as an accomplice.

At the time, the heinous killing was marked by riots and protests around the country.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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