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Security reinforced at Greek parliament

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 00:40

July 17 - Riot police reinforce security outside the Greek parliament building as protesters tear down metal fence, while deputies vote on reform bill. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Tensions were high outside the Greek parliament late on Wednesday when riot police encircled the area after protesters tore down metal barriers near the building. Thousands of Greek workers chanting anti-austerity slogans flocked outside parliament, as lawmakers inside voted on a divisive reform bill that would cut thousands of public sector jobs. School guards that are to be placed in labor reserve in August placed their uniforms on top of Greek flags lying on the ground in front of riot police in a symbolic gesture. Riot police formed a U-shaped barrier between the protesters and the parliament after angry demonstrators tore down and trampled over the metal barrier. The multi-pronged bill - whose passage is a condition for Greece to unlock further aid - includes plans for a public sector transfer and layoff scheme mainly affecting teachers and municipal police. Hours before the vote, Samaras announced Greece's first tax cut since its crisis began nearly four years ago, in a bid to placate protests and an increasingly restive public mood.

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Security reinforced at Greek parliament

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 00:40