Thursday, December 16, 2010

Violence Erupts in Greek Strike

Wall Street Journal
December 15, 2010

Greek police fought running street battles with hundreds of anarchist youths Wednesday as tens of thousands of workers marched through central Athens to protest against government austerity measures and draconian labor-market changes.

Hooded youths attacked police with petrol bombs and flares and a former conservative minister, Kostis Hatzidakis, was attacked while trying to exit from the parliament building.

The anarchists threw rocks at the lawmaker and he was chased and beaten with sticks. Pictures showed him bleeding from a wound apparently to his head. He eventually took flight and escaped into a nearby building.

A witness said more than 150 protestors were involved in the attack on the minister. The witness said they shouted: "Thieves, thieves, shame!", but that it was directed at the whole of parliament itself rather than Mr. Hatzidakis directly.


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