Swedish city hit by youth riots
Dozens of youths have rioted in the southern Swedish city of Malmo for a second consecutive night, setting cars on fire and clashing with police.
"We've had a very difficult evening," a police spokeswoman told the AFP news agency late on Thursday.
"There have been fires burning since this afternoon... extensive damage to public property, and... stone-throwing and bomb threats against police."
Riot police, youths clash in Athens, shoppers flee
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Riot police clashed with rock-throwing demonstrators in central Athens on Thursday, sending Christmas shoppers and people in cafes running for cover. Frightened parents scooped up their children from a Christmas carousel in the city's main square and fled.
The protesters broke away from a peaceful rally and hurled rocks and firebombs at police and buildings near parliament, overturned a car and set fire to trash bins. They also splashed police with red paint.
Police responded with tear gas and flash grenades.
Firefighters and police also rushed to stop protesters from burning down the city's main Christmas tree, which was just replaced earlier this week after the first was torched in riots. Families abandoned the carousel in downtown Syntagma Square after happily going on rides all morning.
Thursday's clashes were the latest outbreak of violence after the police's fatal shooting of 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos Dec. 6. Protests over the boy's death and the increasing economic hardship in Greece have led to the worst rioting the country has seen in decades.
Hundreds of businesses have been smashed, burned or looted and gangs of youths fought running battles with riot police firing tear gas every night for a week. The riots have been fed by dissatisfaction with Greece's increasingly unpopular conservative government.
More than 200 youths took part in running battles with police Thursday in Athens.