Police brace for Grigoropoulos rallies

Police will be out in force on Friday to avert possible violence at rallies planned to commemorate Alexis Grigoropoulos, the 15-year-old shot dead by a police officer five years ago, an event that sparked two weeks of rioting in the capital.

A march by schoolchildren and students is to begin at 11 a.m. outside Athens University and culminate outside Parliament while a second rally is scheduled to begin at Syntagma Square at 6 p.m.

There will be a strong police presence in those areas and in the central district of Exarchia, where the shooting occurred.