Protests have taken place all over Greece today, in memory of the 15 year old school student, Alexis Grigoropolous, who was killed by police on this day five years ago. The shooting led to widespread riots in Greece at the time, with solidarity demonstrations in many other European capitals. As well as fury and sadness at the killing of the boy, the young people were also expressing their frustration at the economic situation, which of course is much worse today, with 64% youth unemployment, the highest in the Eurozone. Added to drastic cuts in education, the outlook for young people in Greece is bleak.

There are large demonstrations and rallies both of school and university students in Athens and Thessalonoki today. Police have stationed riot units all round the capital and shut the tube stations round Syntagma Square, the traditional place to demonstrate in Greece, outside the parliament building. Already several young people have been arrested (see the video clip above).

The degree of violence visited on the young people by the police is replicated in other places around Europe. On Wednesday a student occupying part of the University of London was punched in the face by a policeman. The UK government is bringing in laws to make protest more difficult, as is the Spanish government, as we reported last week.

Meanwhile in Greece, both public and private sector unions, including the teaching unions will be holding a mass demonstration tomorrow outside the parliament building, in protest against the latest budget, which their leaders say will lead to yet more unemplyment and 'an unprecedented himanitarian crisis.'