Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Protests Continue in Greece

According to reports from Reuters, the marching demonstrations are continuing in Athens as 500 students marched through the center of the city chanting "Cops, Pigs, Murderers". Riots began nearly three weeks ago when 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police. However, the protests have widened in their agenda and include opposition to the adoption of the Euro, general poverty, corruption and high unemployment.

In central eastern Athens, a gunman shot from a park within the grounds of the Athens University campus at a police riot squad bus. A tire was burst, but no one on the bus was hurt by the incident.

It remains unclear whether the protests will have any quick political impact on Greece. While the nation is certainly in tumult, protests have been with objective but without specific demands. Despite the vast amount of people marching in the street, law and order remains present. But, the intensity of protests and high civilian discontent could force early elections next year.

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