Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Greek police and marchers clash as strike bites

Riot police clashed with Greek youths for a fifth consecutive day today as demonstrators marched on parliament to protest over the fatal shooting of a schoolboy by police.The march coincided with a nationwide strike that has brought the country to a halt, with flights grounded, banks and schools closed and hospital services restricted.

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Amnesty International has called for the Greek authorities to end the "unlawful and disproportionate use of force by police".

"Images in the international media and eyewitness statements to Amnesty International present mounting evidence of police beating and ill-treating peaceful demonstrators," said Nicola Duckworth, the group's Europe and Central Asia programme director.

The worst civil disturbances to hit Greece in decades, the riots have dealt another blow to the already badly dented popularity of the ruling conservatives. They have also left a trail of devastation.

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