01/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Riots In Greece Out Of Control, Worst Destruction In Decades

Destruction in central Athens reached levels not seen for decades as rioting that followed the shooting of a 15-year-old boy by a police officer continued for a third day yesterday, despite efforts by the government to appease protesters.

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was chairing an emergency meeting of the Cabinet last night after seeing police and rioters fight running battles throughout the center of Athens, as several buildings were set on fire and dozens of stores attacked.

By yesterday afternoon, it was estimated that at least 130 businesses in the city center had been attacked but this figure is expected to rise today.