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Boy shot dead by Greek cops

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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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plzwork112234's avatar
The riots get so violent they need to be shot
thegreekweegee's avatar
R.I.P. Alexis. In no way you deserved this.
Cosmic--Chaos's avatar
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
PokeyFluffytail's avatar
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.
rdorman's avatar
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!
Fecciax's avatar
I hate the police
I love the riot!!!
4EyedBlonde's avatar
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.
vasodelirium's avatar
hi!you're featured in my journal:)
selfregion's avatar
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. :(
DarthAtreus's avatar
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.
SOSPuff's avatar
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.
Cross-X's avatar
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...
mindsxmirror's avatar
Alexandros Grigoropoulos rest in peace
SOSPuff's avatar
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.
Nyax's avatar
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.
KingNot's avatar
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.
nassosv48's avatar
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.
MobTurco's avatar
i protest greek government and police!
Cross-X's avatar
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"
MobTurco's avatar
whats your mean.i dont get sorry
gothichristos86's avatar
smart way to express the incident!
Jear13's avatar
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
maxwildcat's avatar
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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