Minor clashes reported in central Athens during protest against new austerity measures

08:14, May 07, 2010      

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Minor violent clashes between protesters and police erupted on Thursday evening at the end of a massive rally in the center of Athens, after the approval of the bill on the new austerity measures by the parliament a few hours earlier.

Police used tear gas against protesters who verbally attacked members of parliament as they left the building.

According to eye witnesses a group of protesters also tried to vandalize a nearby bank.

Denouncing the further cutbacks on salaries and tax hikes that paved the way for the EU-IMF financial support, tens of thousands of protesters raised their voices against violence that marred Wednesday's similar demonstration, ending in the tragic death of three people.

Three bank employees died of asphyxiation in the fire that broke out when a group of hooded anarchists threw petrol bombs against the bank's building which is situated near the parliament.

Police expressed fears for new attacks by anarchists that could endanger more lives and cause more damages. Athens police units have been reinforced with policemen from nearby towns.


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