Military units around Athens on alert after deadly protests against austerity measures

09:40, May 06, 2010      

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Greek National Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos asked on Wednesday afternoon all military units in Attica Prefecture around Athens to be on alert, after the violent clashes in the centre of Athens during massive demonstrations against austerity measures.

Already three citizens died, 12 were injured and fears for more casualties are expressed as anarchists keep setting buildings and cars on fire.

Tens of thousands protesters gathered in the centre of capital Athens and other major cities across the country to denounce government policies implemented over the past days and months in exchange for 110 billion euros (around 145 billion U.S dollars) financial support by EU and IMF, so that Greece can get through a severe economic crisis.

According to union representatives more than 150,000 people went out on the streets of Athens in one of the most impressive demonstrations of the last decades in Greece. According to police estimates the protesters reached around 90,000 people.

Source: Xinhua
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