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Riots engulf Greek parliament as bailout measures pass

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 01:41

Hooded protesters broke off from larger demonstrations to hurl molotov cocktails outside Greece's parliament, as lawmakers passed new austerity measures required for the country's economic bailout. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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Another day of chaos in Athens. Riots outside Greece's parliament on Thursday night (March 18), as just inside the safety of those walls lawmakers prepared to pass new austerity measures they hope will convince the country's creditors to release more of its economic bailout fund. The vote passing just before midnight, and includes cuts to pensions and a larger tax burden within three years -- although the legislation also promises to cut taxes for individuals and businesses if certain targets are met later. The violence was done by a smaller group that split off from a rally of about 10,000 peaceful protesters opposed to the measures. The city's been disrupted for days - on Wednesday (March 17) thousands of Greeks, from teachers to lawyers, walked off their jobs to join the demonstrations. The leftist government backing the austerity says it's now up to its international lenders to uphold their end of the bargain. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: "Nobody is denying, nobody doubts, that this agreement has difficulties; however, it does open a path in front of us. It is a decisive milestone, in that we do not have another bailout review to complete, but instead we finally have a comprehensive solution." Parliament's decision comes just days before the finance ministers from some of those lenders in Europe convene in Brussels. Greece has already received some $288 billion in bailout money since 2010 -- the release of another $8 billion now at stake.

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Riots engulf Greek parliament as bailout measures pass

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 01:41