8pm latest – see Butchers Apron comment for latest eyewitness report.
STOPPRESS LATEST: Rioting continuing this afternoon after demonstration – 10 banks destroyed, severe rioting in Patras, old people joining in attacking the police, general strike called for Wednesday – anarchidt groups doing us fucking proud.
Thousands of people continue to demonstrate from the centre of athens to the main police station in the exarthia. The anarchists supported by thousands of other people from around greece. At the moment, the police are throwing lots of tear gas at demonstrators. There is a lot of fire around the streets, in between the demonstrators and the police station.
Demonstrators have been on the streets since yesterday evening, after the death of a 16-year-old boy from a police shooting.
We have hear that in the demonstration, people are crying, because of the death of this child. Older people are joining in the demonstration, throwing stones at the police.
Head of internal affairs in the government, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, has offered his resignation, in order to absolve himself of responsibility for the police murder. Panayotis Xinofotis, another politician, has done the same. The greek president has so far refused to accept the resignations. The head of exarthia police station is currently being interviewed with the 2 policemen who carried out the shooting.
The police have now entered the university, which they are forbidden from doing, and are firing rubber bullets which are injuring demonstrators.
International media are stating that the police are taking a defensive role, and is showing demonstrators vandalising shops and cars. But footage is not showing the police violence, or mentioning that a kid was killed by police yesterday. This violence was started by the police yesterday when they turned up at the square where people gather, and started swearing at the kids there. The police car left, but then came back and shot one of the kids then left straight away. One hospital refused to accept the child, who finally died on arrival in another hospital.
For video footage of the demonstrations see:
Major riots in Athens and all over Greece from Thesaloniki to Crete overnight following police killing of 16 year old in Athens. Demonstrations called all over Greece for one o’clock this afternoon