Greece: Middle-class rioters are buying rocks

This chaos isn’t over. Helena Smith reports from Athens for The Observer.

The ferocity of the riots has numbed Greeks. Yet I write this knowing that the protests are not going to end soon. Greece’s children have been startled by their own success – and by reports of copycat attacks across Europe – and almost unanimously they believe they are on a winner.

A 70% unemployment rate for youth and major corruption scandals in the conservative government are the underlying causes. The shooting death of the teenage protester by police was the Popeye Moment that triggered it.