Unrest in Greece as thousands protest after death of Roma boy shot by police

·

In the Greek streets of Athens and Thessaloniki, thousands of protestors have marched in a bid to call for justice after a 16-year-old Roma boy was shot by a police officer.

The boy, who has not been officially named, reportedly drove from the service station without paying for 20 euros of petrol.

He was taken to hospital after the shooting on December 5 and underwent emergency surgery. The young teen remained in intensive care but died eight days later. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday.

“Today… despite the enormous efforts of staff in the intensive care unit, the patient died,” The Guardian reported a statement made by Thessaloniki’s Ippokratio hospital.

Despite repeated calls from his relatives and community leaders for protests to remain peaceful, violence has broken out in Athens and Thessaloniki. Greek media reported protestors blocking roads and setting tyres on fire on Tuesday.

Protesters march during a protest rally following the death of a teenager, in northern city of Thessaloniki, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. Photo: AP Photo/Dimitris Tosidis.

Thessaloniki police said about 50 people from a university campus threw several molotov cocktails during riot at a police unit stationed nearby.

It was estimated 2,500 people were demonstrating in Thessaolinki where the teenager lived and died, calling out the discrimination the Roma community faces in Greece.

“It wasn’t the gas, it wasn’t the money, the cops shot because he was Roma,” the protestors in Thessaloniki chanted.

The police officer accused of firing the shot has been under house arrest since Friday on a felony count of attempted manslaughter with possible intent and a misdemeanour count of illegally firing his weapon.

Source: The Guardian, Ekathimerini

Monument to migration - Mother's Day

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
Angelo Tsarouchas Skits and Wits tour

Advertisement

Latest News

How Commodore John Stavridis commemorates ANZAC Day every year

Every year, on April 25, Australians honour all those who have fallen, those who have served and all of those who continue to serve.

Australian track and field athlete Mikeala Selaidinakos aims to qualify for Paris Olympics

On Thursday 25 April, Australian track and field athlete Mikeala Selaidinakos will depart for the World Athletics Relays Bahamas 24.

‘I get closer to my faith’: Greek Orthodox people on the importance of fasting for Easter

With Orthodox Easter around the corner, the Lent period leading up to Holy Saturday and Anastasi continues.

Honouring the memory of dual ANZAC Constantine Aroney BEM at his restored grave

Each year on ANZAC Day we commemorate those who fought and died at Gallipoli in 1915 and those brave men and women who have fought since.

Women’s justice champ unveils the untold story of WWII ANZACs from Brunswick to Greece

Phil Cleary's latest project, “Gladys and the Brunswick Boys,” delves into the experiences of World War II ANZACs who fought in Greece.

You May Also Like

City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas to stand as an Independent at local elections

City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas has confirmed he will stand as an Independent candidate at the next Local Government Elections.

Scott Morrison and Kyriakos Mitsotakis join world leaders in discussing vaccine distribution

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison were joined by six other global leaders last night as part of the ‘first mover’ group that had successfully managed the first wave of the coronavirus.

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese: ‘Heroes of OXI Day remain in our hearts’

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has joined the Greek community in celebrating OXI Day by issuing a message of commemoration.