Rioting explodes across Greece

A powder keg of public anger over government economic policy has been ignited by a spark of outrage over the killing of a 15-year-old boy by police in Athens.

For updates and background, see our Greece unrest archive: http://libcom.org/tags/greece-unrest

Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police in the Exarchia area, an anarchist stronghold of Greece's capital city on Saturday 6 December.

Video of the shooting of a teenager by police in Athens, 2008

Victim of police shooting, Alex Grigoropoulos.

Film footage of the incident in which 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos was shot dead by police in the Exarchia area of Athens.

The quality of the footage is quite poor unfortunately.

The killing has provoked days of rioting across Greece.

Protest march against police violence in Volos, central Greece, attacks police HQ.

Protest march against police violence two serious harassment incidents in the city of Volos attacks police HQ

On Saturday 29/11/08 the people of Volos, a city in central Greece with a long labour struggle tradition, took to the streets to protest against escalating police violence.

Thousands march in Athens for asylum seeker killed by police

Thousands march in Athens following the coffin of Pakistani asylum seeker killed by the riot police in a wanton attack against immigrants queuing for asylum papers.

In the evening of the 27th of October thousands marched in the center of Athens in protest at the killing of a Pakistani asylum seeker in the hands of the police.

In the early morning of Sunday the 26th, riot police charged immigrants queuing outside the central immigration office of Athens waiting to register for asylum status.

"You don't mess with the government, idiots": Six killed at archealogical site occupation in Chiapas, Mexico

Mexican police on Friday shot and killed six peasants during and after an operation to end the popular occupation of an archealogical tourist site near Miguel Hidalgo, Chiapas.

The site at Chinkultic had been occupied by members of its surrounding villages since 7 September, following what villagers saw as its neglect by the INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) - the state institution charged with maintaining the country's thousands of ruins sites - and the concentration of profits from tourism in the municipality (one of the poorest in Mexico) out

Titan prisons: "consultation" ends, construction set to begin

With the required political processes out of the way, the building of the 2,500 capacity jails is set to begin.

A new report by the Prisons Reform Trust has accompanied the end of the “consultation” period on the government's policy of constructing huge new “titan” prisons, which Gordon Brown has stated will mean the beginning of construction of the jails.

Afghan workers clash with riot police in Patras in response to repression

Protest against port police violence towards Afghan workers end in serious clashes with riot police forces in the harbour of Patras, Greece.

On the 8th of September three Afghan immigrant workers fell victim to port police attack in the harbour area of Patras, Greece. The Red Cross confirms that at least three were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Babylon Burning: West Kingston lock-down and police killings in Jamaica (2001)

Lock-down in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston, Jamaica, 2001

In the summer of 2001, police locked down parts of the downtown area of Kingston, Jamaica. This contemporary leaflet reports on the event, and examines the background to the violence that makes Jamaica the state with the largest police 'kill-rate' (per head of population) in the world.

On Saturday 7th July 2001 July police entered Tivoli Gardens in Downtown Kingston, the Jamaican capital, looking for guns that had killed Willy Haggart, the gang leader, or don, of nearby Arnett Gardens, an event that had resulted in weeks of intermitant gang violence between supporters of both parties in the West Kingston areas Hannah Town and Denham Town.

The police and Abahlali baseMjondolo

Police attack demonstrators at the Foreman Road settlement in Clare Estate, Durban.

This list of police abuses suffered by Abahlali baseMjondolo between 19 March 2005 and 13 November 2007 is an important document of record.

The Police & Abahlali baseMjondolo

A List of Key Incidents of Police Harassment Suffered by Abahlali baseMjondolo
- compiled by Stephanie Lynch and Zodwa Nsibande

France: first suicide in new youth prison

A sixteen year old boy hung himself in his cell on Saturday.

The youth was being held in an établissement pénitentiaire pour mineurs (EPM penitentiary establishment for minors.) in Meyzieu. This EPM was the first in the country and since its opening it has been plagued with problems. The prison authorities kept the news from other inmates until Monday "to avoid an explosion". So far five of the planned seven EPMs have been opened.