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Remembering Grigoropoulos

Marches expected to bring city center to standstill Several marches are to be held in central Athens today to mark the second anniversary of the murder of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman. Members of the civil servants’ union, ADEDY, are to stage a walkout between noon and 3 p.m. today in memory of the 15-year-old. ADEDY has called on all of its members to join a rally beginning at noon. Other marches, being planned by students and by members of left-wing organizations, are expected to bring the city center to a standstill. Several major thoroughfares including Stadiou, Academias, Vasilissis Olgas, Panepistimiou and Amalias will be cordoned off for most of the day as will roads around Omonia, Syntagma, Kotzia and Kaningos squares. Thessaloniki squatters Police find weapons, hold 11 Police in Thessaloniki yesterday arrested 11 young people following a raid on a student housing complex belonging to the city’s Aristotle University which had been occupied by suspected members of extreme leftist and anarchist groups. Officers confiscated several axes, sledgehammers and iron bars as well as bulletproof vests and gas masks. It is believed that the suspects – who are aged between 19 and 27 – had been planning clashes with police to mark the second anniversary of the police killing of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos. During the raid, carried out late on Saturday night, two officers came under attack by some of the squatters and suffered minor injuries, police said. ‘Killer’ parents A couple in Patra yesterday faced a prosecutor on charges of murdering their two-year-old son, who died late on Friday after sustaining massive head injuries. According to a coroner, the child also bore heavy bruising on other parts of his body as well as burns and heavy grazing to the skin. Police said that the child’s parents have denied charges that they beat their son to death. Cell death The Justice Ministry on Saturday ordered an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 38-year-old Greek inmate of Korydallos Prison earlier in the day. According to sources, the 38-year-old had been jailed on drug-related charges. There were no details released about what caused the man’s death. Headless body A coroner on Corfu on Saturday identified a headless body discovered off the coast of the Ionian island in the middle of last month as that of a 34-year-old Greek man. No name was given nor were any details released about the circumstances of the man’s death. The body was found off the islet of Diaplo by a fisherman on November 14. Cable thief A 25-year-old man was being questioned by police in Piraeus yesterday in connection with the theft of some 27 meters of underground electricity cable from the port area. According to Port Authority officials, the cabling was being used to power vessels anchored at the port.