Research on Civil Disorders Greece riots of 2008 Cause: A growing frustration concerning the country’s economic situation.

People were dissatisfied with the high rate of unemployment among youngsters, some educational reforms that students did not approve of, the public debt, corruption and the degrading situation of the country during the economic crisis. Trigger: Two policemen killed a 15-year-old student in the evening of 6th December 2008, after a confrontation between the authorities and some youngsters that occurred in a district in central Athens. He was directly shot, but the 2 policemen tried to get away by reporting versions of the incident which were different from what the eyewitnesses declared. The last time a policeman killed a teenager was in 1985. Timeline of events: They started on 6th December 2008 within an hour after the death of that student & lasted for about 3 weeks. Where it is spread: - all around the cities of Greece - in other 70 cities of the world, including London, Berlin, Paris What happened: Violent and angry people (mostly students) started rioting. They fought policemen with stones & different objects, damaged and torched vehicles and buildings, occupied schools. The police were unable to manage the protests. The property damage was estimated at $1.25 - $2 billion. Slogans: “Support the Greek anarchists!” Influence of Social Networking Sites: They played a great role in exchanging information and voicing frustration. Leaders were surprised by the immediate international response of other users and by the way that they organised themselves without authorities acknowledging. <<Hundreds or thousands of messages were sent over mobile phones and the Internet calling for demonstrations and „revenge‟ for the killing of Alexis.>> The level of solidarity with the protesters was also quite high, even by people who did not participate in the riots. Many social groups identified with the plight of the protesters, from adolescents of that dead teenager’ age, parents who had children of that age, teachers, university students, and of course the more extreme leftist and anarchist groups who are always in the centre of various protests. By many members of the population, the police was seen as brutal and dominating.

The demonstrations were the worst Greece has seen since the restoration of democracy in 1974. Occupy Wall Street . 2.They sent a global message that youngsters are not fairly treated by governments.Did u know: 1.

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