Icheoku says, hell knows no fury like the Greeks, enraged at the fatal police-shooting of a Greek schoolboy, 15 year old named Alexis Grigoropoulos; (pictured left) who was shot on Saturday, December 6th, 2008. The late Grigoropoulos was among some youths who allegedly threw stones at a passing police car, following which one of the two officers alighted from the now stopped police vehicle to fire three times at the teenager, hitting him on the chest. Grigoropoulos was later confirmed dead in a nearby hospital. The officer accused of the shooting tried to lie his way out of the mayhem by claiming that he fired warning shots to scare off a gang of youths and that the bullet ricocheted off the pavement, but witnesses disavowed his tale as baloney, stating that the officer, deliberately took aim at the boy. The shooting of Alexandros Grigoropoulos was the much needed tinder which ignited the ever smouldering inferno caused by years of frustration over high youth unemployment, the rising cost of living, stalled pension reform and a widening gap between rich and poor.
Today they entered into the fourth day of rioting across Greece to protest this murder. Although the Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has vowed to bring the unrest under control, but he seems not to be succeeding do far. His threatening words that all the dangerous and unacceptable events that occurred because of the emotions that followed the tragic incident cannot and will not be tolerated any longer appear to have fallen on deaf Greek ears. From Athens to Salonika, Greece's second largest city, to Rhodes, to Patras, to Chania, to Crete, to Trikala and the Aristotelio University in northern Thessaloniki, Greek youths took over the streets to protest what they see as police high-handed and reckless killing of an unarmed 15 year old Greek. In Athens alone, firefighters were called to 24 banks, 35 stores, 24 cars, 12 homes and a district office of the ruling New Democracy party hit by a small bomb. Athens Polytechnic university was not spared either! Greek youths were yelling "Cops! Pigs! Murderers!" at the police.