More than 100 people detained during riots in Greece

Riot police use tear gas against protesters in Athens

Riot police use tear gas against protesters in Athens

In Athens, protesters had set up burning barricades and pelted police with firebombs, rocks and fireworks, with police responding with tear gas, stun grenades and a water cannon.

The decision is part of security measures for policing marches and rallies marking the 10th anniversary of the killing by a policeman of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos in the downtown district of Exarchia in 2008.

A group of hooded youths earlier broke away from the march and hurled stones at police who used tear gas to disperse them.

Grigoropoulos's death in 2008 in an altercation with police during a night out sparked violent riots across the country lasting almost a month during which public buildings and cars were set aflame while shops were looted and barricades erected.

Another march was scheduled for later in Athens and a gathering was being held Thursday night on the spot where police killed Alexandros Grigoropoulos in Athens on December 6, 2008.

The policeman, Epaminondas Korkoneas, said he had not aimed for the teen, but that he was killed by a ricochet.

The teenager's death sparked the most extensive riots Greece had seen in decades.

Around 2,500 police officers and a helicopter were deployed for the Thursday protests in Athens, while the main metro station at Syntagma Square was temporarily closed.

The riots lasted for weeks, with cars torched, windows smashed, and shops looted. One was sentenced to life in prison but appealed with his trial still ongoing. A second policeman present at the shooting was sentenced to 10 years, but was granted a conditional release several years ago.

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