Anti-police actions across the United States in solidarity with Greece and Alexis

Modesto solidarityOn December 6, 2008 Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old student and anarchist, was fatally shot by Epaminondas Korkoneas, a police officer. Korkoneas, accompanied by another police officer on a patrol, discharged his weapon in the direction of Grigoropoulos who was part of a group of youths in Exarcheia district of central Athens.

The death of Grigoropoulos resulted in large protests and demonstrations, which escalated to widespread rioting, with hundreds of rioters damaging property and engaging riot police with Molotov cocktails, stones and other objects. Demonstrations and rioting soon spread to several other cities, including Thessaloniki, the country’s second-largest city. Outside Greece, solidarity demonstrations, riots and, in some cases, clashes with local police also took place in a number of European cities including London, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Dublin, Berlin, Frankfurt, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam, The Hague, Copenhagen, Bordeaux, Seville as well as Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus, and the western Cypriot city of Paphos. Newspaper Kathimerini called the rioting “the worst Greece has seen since the restoration of democracy in 1974”.

While the unrest was triggered by the shooting incident, commentators described the reactions as expressing deeper causes as well, especially a widespread feeling of frustration in the younger generation about specific economic problems of the country (partly as a result of the global economic crisis), a rising unemployment rate among the young generation and a perception of general inefficiency and corruption in Greek state institutions.

On the two anniversaries of the shooting, there have been mass demonstrations and street rebellions to commemorate the life and death of Alexis and the mass rebellion of December 2008. In the United States, there were several solidarity actions that took place targeting police on the West Coast:

Modesto, California: Masked Protesters Disrupt Police Accreditation Meeting , Banner Dropped

Portland, Oregon: Anarchists set off smoke bomb in cop bar

Seattle, Washington: Anti-cop banner dropped in solidarity with anti-state struggle everywhere

Please note: Due to a recent incident involving the lack of any semblance of fact checking from a capitalist media outlet, we must make a clear note that Denver ABC is merely posting these reports as a news story, and not taking credit for any of these actions.

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