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Clashes between youths and the police broke out today in Athens and Thessaloniki at the end of demonstrations in memory of a teenager killed by the police 14 years ago, reported AFP.

In Thessaloniki, 5,000 people took part in the demonstration, at the end of which youths set fire to rubbish bins and threw Molotov cocktails and stones at riot police.

They responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

In Athens, in the neighborhood of Exarchia, 6,500 demonstrators also clashed with the police.

Clashes in Thessaloniki after police shoot dead 16-year-old who failed to pay for fuel at petrol station

As every year on December 6, at the call of the left and human rights groups, demonstrations are organized in memory of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, who was killed 14 years ago at the age of 15 in Exarchia.

This year's protests have been tense, particularly in Thessaloniki, where yesterday a 16-year-old Roma teenager was seriously wounded in the head by a police bullet.

He underwent surgery and is in critical condition.

The policeman who opened fire during the pursuit of the young man who fled from a gas station without paying his €20 bill.

The officer who fired the shot, wounding the boy, was arrested and will be tried for attempted murder.

After being charged, he was released on bail.

Because of the incident, there were angry protests by representatives of the Roma community in Thessaloniki and Athens yesterday evening and earlier today.

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