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Greek protest turns violent

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 01:28

June 28 - Demonstrators clash with riot police as Greece braces for austerity cutbacks. Andrew Raven reports.

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Protesters in Greece turn garbage bins into flaming battering rams. Dozens of people, many in black hoods and wearing gas masks, clash with police in downtown Athens. The violence broke out Tuesday as cash-strapped Greece prepares for another round of austerity measures. In all thousands of people took to the streets. They are protesting against a package of spending cuts, tax increases and privatisations designed to save the country from becoming the eurozone's first default. The protests, which paralysed central Athens, started out peacefully. But witnesses say some protesters attacked riot police near the country's parliament building. And officers responded with a volley of tear gas. The country's parliament is set to vote this week on the new austerity measures. If the vote doesn't pass, Greece could run out of money within weeks, and trigger a Europe-wide crisis. Andrew Raven, Reuters.

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Greek protest turns violent

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 01:28