Thursday, December 16, 2010

Greek anti-austerity protests turn violent

Financial Times
December 15, 2010

Protesters threw firebombs at a luxury hotel and burned several cars outside parliament after the biggest anti-austerity demonstration in Athens since last May turned violent.

Riot police fired tear gas at youths throwing stones and smashing store windows. Scores of Christmas shoppers fled into sidestreets around Syntagma Square in the city centre.

The incidents followed a march by more than 20,000 trade unionists protesting against cuts in wages and allowances for workers at 50 public sector corporations, approved by parliament on Tuesday night.


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