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Greek police arrest 13 after Athens riots on teenager's shooting anniversary

Published 07/12/2015 | 12:26

A protester throws an object towards police during riots in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia. (AP)
A protester throws an object towards police during riots in the Athens neighbourhood of Exarchia. (AP)

Greek authorities have arrested 13 people - including six minors - allegedly involved in riots in central Athens that injured four policemen, on the seventh anniversary of a teenager's fatal shooting by police.

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A police statement said the suspects would be charged with offences ranging from use of explosives to arson and breach of the peace.

The arrests followed hours of rioting by hundreds of youths who vandalised public and private property, and threw scores of petrol bombs at police.

Officers responded with tear gas, which blended with smoke from burning rubbish to blanket a large residential area in noxious fumes.

The disturbances followed a march on Sunday by anarchists over the 2008 shooting, which had sparked riots across Greece.

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