Roma riots in Greece

Begg riots of Roma in many regions of Greece, a police officer was slightly injured on Friday night. According to media reports, around 30 rioters in the Athens suburb of Aspropyrgos shot the officers with shotguns. Elsewhere stones flew; Garbage cans, tires and cars were set on fire.

The authorities fear an escalation of the riots because on Friday the 34-year-old police officer who is said to have shot a 16-year-old Roma in the head during a chase in Thessaloniki last Monday is to testify for the first time. The youth remains in critical condition. Since then, Roma have taken to the streets across the country. Many took advantage of the protest against police violence but also for massive riots.

The President of the Greek Roma Association Ellan Passe, Vassilis Pantzos, called on people to stop it. “Together with the chairmen of the respective communities, we are trying to calm the charged mood across the country,” he told state broadcaster ERT on Friday morning. Condemn the riots, there is no justification for it. At the same time, Pantzos criticized the fact that police violence against the Roma had increased in recent years. The state must take action against this.

On Monday, a police officer in Thessaloniki shot a 16-year-old Roma in the head, seriously injuring him. According to previous knowledge, the boy drove away from a gas station in his car without paying 20 euros for the fuel. During the ensuing chase, the police officer is said to have shot him in the head. The officer was arrested and charged with attempted manslaughter. He is due to appear before the magistrate for the first time on Friday.

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