Young Greeks protest in Berlin over teen killing

9th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Young demonstrators occupying the Greek consulate in Berlin are shown tolerance by authorities as they continue to protest against the killing of a 15 year old boy.

BERLIN -- About 15 young demonstrators occupied the Greek consulate in Berlin Monday in protest against the killing of a 15-year-old boy by police in Athens, which sparked riots across Greece.

"Around 15 young people -- Greeks living in Germany, possibly students -- invaded the premises this morning," said Pantelis Pantelouris, a spokesman for the Greek embassy.

"They left a letter to be sent to Athens in which they expressed their outrage over the death of the adolescent," he told AFP.

The protesters also unfurled a banner out a window reading "State Murderers" in German and Greek.

Pantelouris said the demonstrators were still in the consulate, which is in the western Schoeneberg district, but had not used violence or vandalised the building.

A police spokesman said the authorities would not remove the demonstrators by force but would 'tolerate' them as long as the protest did not escalate.

Greek youths continued on to a third day of street battles Monday in cities across the country as anger mounted over the police killing.

Police have arrested two officers involved in the shooting of the teenager during clashes between authorities and youths last Saturday in Athens, Exarchia. The district's police chief has also been suspended.


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