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Exarhia riots injure Portuguese tourist hit by rocks

Riots in honor of Alexis Grigoropoulos

Episodes broke out at the anarchist hub of Exarheia in Athens at 2 a.m. on Sunday as young people began to throw molotov cocktails at police. One Portuguese tourist who happened to be passing by in a car was catapulted by rocks and has been injured.

Richardo Fernando, aged 58, a gynaecologist from Portugal told protothema.gr that he had rented a car and were guided through the area while using the GPS. “I had no idea what was going on and I was shocked. The glass and rocks taht hit me caused an injury,” he said. Bleeding, he called for the police to help him and an ambulance headed to his hotel to pick him up.

Seven people were arrested during the scuffles where a group of young people had closed the road in episodes being held around the country in honor of Alexis Grigoropoulos, who died at the age of 15, when shot by a policeman at Exarheia on December 6,2008.