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So why didn't Ireland riot?

The strength of our state institutions moderated the impact of the eurozone crisis, writes Eoin O'Malley.

22nd December, 2013
Workers protest in Athens last April: the Irish public's reaction to economic woes has been muted by comparison. Picture: Getty

On the night of December 6, 2008, there were widespread protests against the government in Athens. In Exarcheia, a middle-class district in the centre of the Greek capital, there were confrontations with the police.

Police were ordered to leave the district, but two policemen decided to stay, parked their car, and followed a group of youths. It's not clear what happened next, but one of the policemen shot Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 15-year-old boy from a wealthy family,...

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