Mitsotakis attacks gov’t for failing to control rioters


Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has attacked the left-led administration for failing to control riots during a demonstration on Wednesday to mark the ninth anniversary of the killing of a teenager by the police.

In a message on Twitter, Mitsotakis deplored the “chaos” in downtown Athens while accusing the leftist political class of tolerating incidents of violence.

Dozens of youths, their faces covered with scarves and masks, ripped metal road signs from the streets, smashed traffic lights and bus stops and set garbage dumpsters on fire. Some threw flares at riot police, who mainly kept a low profile and did not respond, apart from one instance where they made limited use of tear gas.

Another march is scheduled in the evening.

[Kathimerini, AP]