Violent anti-austerity protests grip Greek capital

Posted: October 20, 2011 in News Alerts
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ATHENS: Greek police clashed with black-clad demonstrators outside parliament on Wednesday during a mass rally called to protest against a bitterly resented new round of belt-tightening needed to avert default.

The view of the ancient Acropolis was obscured by smoke from burning piles of rubbish and a bank building was evacuated after being set on fire by petrol bombs as a strike called by Greece‘s two main unions degenerated into violence.

Much of the country was shut down by the 48-hour general strike, the largest since the outbreak of the crisis two years ago with government departments, offices and shops closed and at least 100,000 people taking to the streets of Athens.

“It’s one of the biggest demonstrations in recent years. People showed they were determined to protest against these policies,” said Mary Bossis, international security professor at the University of Piraeus.

“We are not done with these protests. We’ve reached a point where people don’t feel the government represents them any more, they want a complete change,” she said.

Prime Minister George Papandreou, trailing badly in opinion polls, has appealed for support from Greeks before parliament votes on the latest measures which include tax rises, wage cuts and public sector layoffs. (Reuters)

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