Protesters target riot police and state TV
The spirit of protest continued to burn strong in Athens yesterday, as masked youths firebombed the city�s riot police headquarters and a group of demonstrators overran a state television studio and appealed to viewers to join anti-government demonstrations.
Early in the afternoon, a group of youths emerged from the university complex in Zografou and attacked the nearby riot police station with firebombs. A police officer was injured and six vehicles burnt.
Meanwhile in northeastern Athens, a group of around 30 protesters forced their way into the headquarters of state broadcaster ERT and interrupted a news broadcast featuring Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis. For about a minute, the protesters stood in front of the camera holding banners reading �Stop watching, get out into the streets.� ERT Chairman Christos Panagopoulos tendered his resignation over the incident but it was rejected by the government. �It is unacceptable for unidentified individuals to deprive others of their right to information,� he said.
Discontent was also simmering in the education sector, with 600 schools and dozens of university faculties under occupation by protesting students.
Students are expected to join a rally due to start in Omonia Square at 6 p.m. today and another march is due tomorrow.
Meanwhile, sources told Kathimerini that the results of a ballistics test on the bullet that killed 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos, triggering the riots, appear to contradict the claims made by the policeman charged with the boy�s death. The results, to be published today, indicate that the officer had fired with his arm at a right angle to his body in the direction of the child, not straight above his head in a warning shot, as he has claimed.