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Boy shot dead by Greek cops by Latuff2 Boy shot dead by Greek cops by Latuff2
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On Saturday 6th of December at around 10pm, two Greek policemen, 37-year-old Epaminondas Korkoneas and 31-year-old Vassilis Saraliotis, were on patrol in a central street by Exarchia square, in the centre of Athens. There they had a verbal argument with a small group of young people. During the argument, one of the officers, Korkoneas, pulled his gun and twice shot a 16-year-old male, Andreas (Alexandros) Grigoropoulos. Andreas was taken to Evangelismos Hospital, and declared to be dead on arrival. According to eye-witnesses, the officer had been swearing at Andreas, and exposing his genitals, before shooting him. (source: [link])

To be published in "Aristera" Communist paper in Greece: [link]

(The guy wearing police uniform is Greece PM Kostas Karamanlis. In his bullet proof vest the abbreviation of his party, "New Democracy" )
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:iconplzwork112234:
plzwork112234 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The riots get so violent they need to be shot
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:iconthegreekweegee:
thegreekweegee Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
R.I.P. Alexis. In no way you deserved this.
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:iconcosmic--chaos:
Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't tell you how much I hate that lowlife on the left. He's a disgrace to Greece.

Police are supposed to protect people, not beat them down and shoot them! If they do that, they are the lowest, most brutal criminals in the world. :X
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PokeyFluffytail Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
Actually no. Their job isn't to protect people, their job is to uphold the law, and that's operating on a pretense that you agree with everything that's necessarily under the blanket term of "The Law".

Lemme ask you: Has there EVER been a time where you've seen a cop that you haven't felt nervous and were like "Oh I totally feel safe around cops! :D" instead of "Oh man, is my rear light on?" or something like that.

Now, I do agree that what these individual cops in Greece did wasn't necessary at all, but you could argue that at one point as this man was exposing his nuts to the cop, he could have done something else that freaked the cops out and shot him. Most cops aren't bad people, they're just as nervous as civilians, but their job isn't to protect people, it's to uphold the law. Two completely different things, and before you say "What about that 'to protect and serve' motto?" When was the last time you've seen that motto on a squad car outside of a movie? cause I've never seen that motto anywhere other than in a movie.
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Roopfert Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
WTF
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:iconrdorman:
rdorman Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008   Photographer
Glad to see how the people of Greece are fighting back at the establishment and showing the police that they work for the people not for corrupt puppets. POWER TO THE GREEK PEOPLE!
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Fecciax Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
I hate the police
I love the riot!!!
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4EyedBlonde Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
the "New Democracy" is a nice touch. i love your political commentary. it's amazing how quickly the value of human life is cast away.
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:iconvasodelirium:
vasodelirium Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
hi!you're featured in my journal:)
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selfregion Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
R.I.P. Alexandros-Andreas Grigoropoulos :( Ο ΤΟΥΡΚΙΚΟΣ ΛΑΟΣ ΠΕΝΘΕΙ ΓΙΑ ΤΟΝ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟ - Alexandros için Türkiye yasta! :( I feel deeply sorry and sad for death of Alexis. All our thoughts and feelings are with you Greek friends. Alexis will be remembered forever. :(
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DarthAtreus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Wow some of you have no idea what it means to be a police officer. The police were attacked with rocks and petrol bombs, both of which can be lethal. We are trained to respond with lethal force against lethal force.

All you people that go on about "there must have been someway for the policeman to overpower him" have never been in a real life-or-death situation where hesitating or attempting to use a lower degree of force can get you and your comrades killed.

I suggest you educate yourselves on the principles of combat and the use of force continuum before you go automatically assuming that all police are evil and want to suppress liberty. Most of us joined the police because we want to help and protect people but if our lives and the lives of our comrades are threatened we will respond with the appropriate level of force.
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SOSPuff Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
I agree with you, though I'm no cop nor any sort of law enforcement.
And once again, I totally object the death of kid being made an instrument in a struggle that is purely politics. This is an accident, people, it doesn't have ANYTHING to do with Karamanlis' policy.
My opinion? This kid's death is the anarchists fault. Had they not started all this freaking circus, the cops wouldn't have been on edge, and the kids wouldn't have started throwing ';potentially deadly' stuff at them!

And that's the last I'll say on the subject.
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Cross-X Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
although this is very well done...i completely disagree with it...there really shouldnt be riots and anarchy going on because of the incident... breaking peoples cars, shattering glass and lighting stores on fire wont fix the problem, do anything to karamanlis, or bring alexandros from the dead....take it from a greek...
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mindsxmirror Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Alexandros Grigoropoulos rest in peace
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:iconsospuff:
SOSPuff Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
I agree what happened is a tragedy. Nothing justifies the death of a kid. Absolutely nothing. However, the latest news here in Belgium assert that he threw a molotov at them. Be it true, that would somewhat put things in perspective: I've been on the wrong side of gun, and trust me, had I had a gun at the time, I would've fired it, just out of panic... what may have happened, here.
Of course, there's no real way to know for sure what happened.

However, I strongly disapprove the use of this drawing, or even the event itself, as an instrument in a political debate. The policeman was not "sent" to kill, and the prime minister's responsability shouldn't be invoked, even if he's a jerk.
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Nyax Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Alexandros was not throwing anything when he was killed, nor was anyone around him violent, you should read the reports of the witnesses instead of listening to mainstream media. Like KingNot say below it was police "Power Trip", maybe he did not mean to kill the kid, but he did shoot at him directly. And now the oil is lit and must continue burning.
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KingNot Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Too many police get a "Power Trip". It's too easy and as long as governments let them get away with using it on "Undesirables" first, they get entrenched with a sense of entitlement on their ability to do it when they start doing things that get them in trouble over it.
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nassosv48 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Artist
That's exactly the point! That's why I agree with the drawing. Thx Lattuff!
As for the violent side of the riots... I was never an activist of the "destructive" kind, but the sad thing is that it seems that the government (and the authorities it breeds) only understand this kind of language. Now every cop will have to think harder before making an abuse of his authority.
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:iconmobturco:
MobTurco Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008   Writer
i protest greek government and police!
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Cross-X Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
according to your profile you dont even live in greece...and ironicly your profile says you live in turkey...a country that sees most of us greeks as savages...put logic behind your "protest"
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:iconmobturco:
MobTurco Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008   Writer
whats your mean.i dont get sorry
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gothichristos86 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
smart way to express the incident!
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Jear13 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Nice job, getting people's attention to make them know the problems around the world. You're a fast artist, I take more than 1 week to make something like this
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maxwildcat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Dude i can't agree on this... its to evil too cold ... very extremely judgemental... doesn't fit my vision of the asshole-leveled human being...

even here things don't transcend that way, although sometimes worse..(case of the lebanese forces militant that ran a bulldozer over protesting women and children last year)....

i looked up the news and it says there was some distance, and that the bullet ricochet' on the kid...

i don't want to play devil's advocate but i think you're caricature is extremely negative of a pig that wanted to m$trbate his gun(because of his threatened manhood) in public shooting on the ground yet hitting a kid....

my two cents ...
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:iconmaxwildcat:
maxwildcat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
BBC said:
Two police officers have been arrested in connection with the boy's death.

One of them, who is accused of murder, said he fired a warning shot and that the boy was killed by a ricochet, but witnesses told Greek television that the officer aimed directly at the boy.
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so maybe not a ricochet ... but i still think the point blank shot with the evil stare is too much ... :P
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XcombatX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Either way, the media here in the Netherlands said that the boy (and some of his buddies) attacked and threatened the police officers.

I can't feel sorry for him, IF that's true. :hmm:
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nassosv48 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Artist
If the media in netherlands say that bullshit, I neither can't feel sorry for them if a riot kicks their asses
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XcombatX Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Well, we've had our fair share of rioting already.

First we had a anti-police riot, when a Moroccan drunk guy with a knife was killed by a police officer in 2005.

And earlier this year police strikes and riots, when an unarmed police woman was shot and killed by a drug dealer from the Netherlands Antilles.

So, we're good for now. Let's hope your riot ends soon aswell. :)
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:iconnassosv48:
nassosv48 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Artist
Let's hope that it evolves at something with more profound and subversive political character:)
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:iconnyax:
Nyax Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes rioting is a good firestarter, but the movement risk loosing power if it does not organize democratically and horizontally to keep the effort going and bring more people into the revolt!
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nassosv48 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Professional Artist
Agree
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elfaki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
unfortunately those are lies. the boy was 15 and it was revealed that he was out to have a good time and nothing more. the foreign agencies are not accurate.
and even if he had attacked, which he didn't, he didn't deserved to be shot directly...
i'm really sad and well pissed by the hole event, since i live in athens.
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GroovyKnight26490 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
opos ta les :(
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XcombatX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
You're probably right. Most media agencies have a habit of blowing things out of proportion.

However, I think that the eyewitnesses might have been lying aswell: ''the officer had been swearing at Andreas, and exposing his genitals, before shooting him.'' Sounds a bit harsh to me. :hmm:
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elfaki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
this didn't happen... the kid, because it was a kid, must have said something at the police car, but nothing big or stupid, it was only a joke, and the cop killed him. he wasn't an anarchist or a bomber or anything. he was a 15 year old boy and this is why things got so out of hand... even though i've came from a protest a few hours ago
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Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even if it is ture it doesn't justify using the gun, a police man in his thirties can easily overpower the 16 years boy with his bare hands or even a Tonfa ... that's IF the boy really threatened him.

There is no justification to shooting the gun at the boy like the witnesses said, this is a stupid and inhuman action no matter how you look at it.

What's wrong with people these days :no:
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XcombatX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
A newspaper quote: ''An official police statement stated that the teenager was killed while trying to throw a bomb at a police vehicle which was under siege by atleast 30 youths.''

So, it would have been almost impossible for the officers to get out of their vehicle and arrest (or atleast warn) him. But I agree, resorting to shoot-to-kill wasn't really smart either.

I'm not sure what I would have done if I was one of the police officers. You?
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Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I read that too, but that's what the police was saying, can't be considered 100% accurate in a situation like this, they will surely try to stand by their fellow police and try to make up excuses.

The witnesses testimony was quite different, and i read that they were six boys not thirty, as for the bombs, well ... it is quite common in protests to use those home made bombs, it is harmful but not dangerous enough to warrant murdering the boy in any way, he wasn't gonna throw a hand grenade or something.

The problem is that even if the boys were protesting and causing trouble when the accident happen the police officer simply ignored all the countless non deadly ways to deal with this kind of situation and just shot the boy dead with live ammunition.

Bigger problem now is the riots going all over Greece, hope nobody else gets killed during those riots or things will become quite ugly.
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SpamBusta Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009   Digital Artist
a homemade bomb is a bomb, and can be far more than just dangerous. The bomb story, and point blank shooting are just two different stories i've heard about this incident, and honestly i dont know which one to believe since i wasnt there to see it.. times like these people tend to stretch the truth and throw some bias in there
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Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The point is that a youngster was killed ... and all around the world home made bombs like these are used in demonstrations and riots ... and the police has their non-lethal ways of fighting back since that's their job .. never did i hear about someone getting shot point-blank for throwing a petrol or alcohol filled bottle .. it was completely unjustified to kill that youngster .. yes he deserved some sort of punishment for what he did but definitely not killing.

The cop who did this needs to be punished ( i.e discharged from the police ) cause if it becomes an okay punishment to kill anyone who does something reckless or stupid more than half the world will get killed in few days.
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maxwildcat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I also have to disagree with that ... sensless killing should be avoided whenever possible.. even if the kid attacked the police there had to be someway this couldve been avoided if it weren't an accident..

my only concern is because seeing the comic made my blood boil for a sec.. until i looked up the news.. and although living in beirut has taught me never to trust the media... it still made me wonder if the comic will provoke/cause more blood... its the only reason why i gave my two cents (or is it 6 now? :P)
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XcombatX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I don't think a comic will even further increase violence and rioting in Greece. I've seen the rioting and interviews with the rioters on TV and I think most youths are joining the struggle to have entertain themselves (in a wicked kind of way).

Some of the rioters didn't even seem to know what the reason was for their protest and why the hell are youths in other countries (Germany, Great Britain and Cyprus) joining in?

Current total damage:
24 police officers injured (unknown number of rioters), 31 shops, 9 banks and numerous other buildings and vehicles damaged or ablaze. :no:
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Nyax Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The very high majority of shops attacked were part of chains of stores or property of important companies, the same companies who brought the economic crisis, that force you to work every day or else die in poverty, those stores have to burn, same thing for the banks. Police officers defend those companies and are an instrument of oppression of the state. They chose a side in the class war, they provoke the protesters, block/box them, gas them, they certainly deserve to be hurt. other destruction like destruction of non-state owned vehicles is not desirable and counter-productive, but you can't control people in a riot, you can only convince them that those are not targets.
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SpamBusta Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009   Digital Artist
to be honest, the police cant arrest or shut down those companies and stores because they arnt breaking the law
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maxwildcat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
sad indeed
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:iconxcombatx:
XcombatX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
Yup, humans just aren't as civilized as we'd like to believe... :(
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SpamBusta Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009   Digital Artist
i honestly believe the human race as a whole is naturally destructive and self detrimental
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Khan-Krum Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
A.C.A.B.
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