Greek Riots Turn Bloody

Greek police have detained and fought back Greek protesters in the capital city of Athens as unions, who are on a general strike against government austerity measures, refuse proposed changes in pay and benefits.

As violence turned ugly outside of parliament, demonstrators threw petrol bombs and rocks and police retaliated with tear gas. A former minister was chased and then beaten by a mob of angry protestors and was forced to seek shelter in a building.

The current protests have caused massive air traffic delays, disrupted public transportation and closed schools across the country.

Early estimates were that about 15,000 protestors were taking part in the marches according to Police.

There are reports of small fires being set around luxury hotels in Syntagma Square, outside of the parliament building. Riot police fired several rounds of tear gas in response.

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Posted by R.Magnusson on Dec 15 2010. Filed under Business, Europe, Featured News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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