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Clashes heat up in Athens

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:08

Greek anti-establishment protesters throw petrol bombs at police in front of parliament after thousands demonstrate against austerity. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Clashes in Athens, after thousands took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday to protest against a new bailout deal that saved Greece from bankruptcy but will impose more reforms on a country already deep in crisis. The daytime protest, called by the trade union PAME, which is affiliated to the Greek Communist Party, was part in a series of protest marches against austerity throughout the day in central Athens. But by night, anti-establishment protesters threw dozens of petrol bombs at police in front of parliament on Wednesday (July 15) in some of the most serious violence in over two years. As parliament was preparing to debate the austerity package ahead of a crucial vote, thousands of workers, students and unemployed holding banners reading "Cancel the bailout!" and "No to the policies of the EU, the ECB and the IMF" rallied in the Greek capital and called on the government to withdraw the bill. Later, outside parliament where a key vote on a bailout deal is to take place, anti-establishment protesters clashed with police who responded with tear gas, sending hundreds of people fleeing in central Syntagma Square. Once a common sight in protest marches in Greece, clashes with police had been very rare since the leftist Syriza party came to power in January. Just before the clashes, protesters marched waving banners reading "Cancel the bailout!" and "No to the policies of the EU, the ECB and the IMF." Lawmakers are due to vote after midnight on the raft of tax hikes and pension reforms that are hard to accept for many in a country where unemployment has jumped above 25 percent and the economy has shrunk by a quarter in the course of two previous bailouts.

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Clashes heat up in Athens

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 01:08