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Greece braced for further protest

Protester clashes with riot police in Athens
Pitched battles involved tear gas and petrol bombs

Protests are expected for a third day in Greece, following rioting over the fatal shooting of a teenager by police.

In cities across the country, dozens of protesters and police were injured during pitched battles on the streets, involving petrol bombs and tear gas.

Some protesters stayed in universities on Sunday night, while leftist groups planned rallies on Monday.

The government has called for an end to the violence, saying justice had been served with the arrests of policemen.

The riots began on Saturday after 15-year-old Andreas Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police in the Exarchia area of Athens.

Among protests called on Monday was a rally by the Greek Communist Party and the socialist PASOK opposition, in Athens.

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"We must answer the government's policies en masse and peacefully," the PASOK youth branch said in a statement quoted by Reuters news agency.

University professors said they would start a three-day walkout on Monday, rather than joining a nationwide workers' strike against pension reforms and economic policies on Wednesday, the agency said.

As night fell on Sunday, groups of protesters used rubbish bins and overturned cars to erect burning barricades in the streets around the Polytechnic, inside whose campus many have taken refuge in the knowledge that by law police are prohibited from entering.

Police said the first day of riots had left 24 police officers injured, one seriously, and 31 shops, nine banks and 25 cars damaged or burned.

Six people were arrested, one of them for carrying a weapon.

The unrest, the worst in the country in several years, later spread to Thessaloniki, Patras, and the islands of Crete and Corfu.

A march by more than 1,000 people on two police stations in Thessaloniki descended into violence when protesters attacked police and shops with firebombs and rocks.

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has written to Andreas Grigoropoulos's parents expressing his profound sorrow.

Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose offer to resign was refused by the prime minister, has urged both protesters and police to act with restraint.

Map of central Athens
Thousands of students, leftist demonstrators and anarchists on Sunday marched from the National Archaeological Museum and Polytechnic on Patission Avenue towards the police headquarters on Alexandras Avenue

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