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Athens Police, Protesters Clash for 10th Day


Riot police in Athens have used tear gas outside the city's main police station as protests over the police killing of a teenager entered a 10th day.

The police briefly fired small amounts of tear gas after protesters threw fire bombs at the officers. Separately, small groups of youths threw eggs at police guarding the city's court. Students were expected to stage a march on parliament later Monday.

Witnesses said the intensity of the protests has tailed off sharply in recent days, with Sunday largely calm across the capital.

Protesters took to the streets immediately after the December 6 death of the teenager, who was struck by police gunfire. The demonstrations quickly became violent and spread to other Greek cities.

Both Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and opposition leader George Papandreou have repeatedly called for calm.

In an interview with VOA Sunday, Papandreou said Greek youths feel a deepening sense of social inequality and injustice that is driving them to riot. He said the government should take steps to eliminate high-level corruption and address social problems creating a widening rift between rich and poor.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.


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