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Hamburg police attack 'was to mark death of Greek student'

DPA/The Local · 6 Dec 2009, 10:52

Published: 06 Dec 2009 10:52 GMT+01:00

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In a letter to the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper, the group, who set fire to two police cars, set up burning barricades and threw stones at officers, said they were no longer prepared to face riot police.

They used the Greek word Koukoulofori, as a name, which translates roughly to ‘the hoodie wearers’.

“Rather than allowing ourselves to be beaten bloody by the Robocops at demos,” the letter called for those who felt the same way, to undertake similar surprise attacks as that on the police station on Thursday.

The letter also asked locals for understanding for any disturbance such as flat tyres.

It also threatened a riot should the local squatted house, known as Rote Flora, be cleared of the punks, anarchists and others who live and organise activities in it.

Such a move would provoke what the letter called, “A lively international little community from all corners of Europe to ensure a brilliant and unforgettable experience.”

The police at the station which was attacked have affixed several new video cameras to the building, but would not release further details.

The death of 15-year-old Alexandros-Alexis Grigoropoulos, shot by a policeman during a demonstration in an alternative area of Athens on December 6 last year, sparked rioting in the Greek capital and other cities around Europe.

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Athens was the scene of further rioting on Saturday night, with several cars being destroyed, and one district town hall being occupied for several hours. Police arrested more than 160 people, 75 of whom will be charged with offences.

Student organisations across Greece have organised demonstrations for Sunday, provoking fears of further trouble. More than 10,000 police officers have been put on duty for the day, while minister for civil protection, Michalis Chrysochoidis said, “We will not leave Athens to the vandals.” He said officers would only watch the demonstrations, but that they would show zero tolerance for acts of violence.

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Your comments about this article

18:37 December 6, 2009 by richard_vijay
What happened in Greece )the tragic shooting of the lad) happened in Greece. Why bring it to Germany? It seems an excuse to behave in an irresponsible manner.Burning the vehicles of the state is not going to help.
20:08 December 6, 2009 by wood artist
So....the thinking is that since something terrible happened in Greece (or anywhere else) we should respond by making something terrible happen here.

I guess I'm missing something. How about we apply that logic to the current situation...but not wait a full year. Since something terrible happened, i.e. somebody set fire to some police cars, we'll respond by making something else terrible happen...like...erm....setting fire to the Rote Flora. Yeah, that works.

Makes about as much sense, right?
21:52 December 7, 2009 by puisoh
if these guys can think, they won't be doing what they are doing?? and you know what, my guess is that we are financing them, with our lovely tax $$.
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