Three dead as Greek strike grows violent
May 6th, 2010
02:37 PM ET

Violence breaks out at Greek protests

Violence broke out briefly between police and demonstrators here Thursday night, hours after Greek lawmakers approved an unpopular package of budget-cutting measures.

Thousands of demonstrators had gathered in front of Parliament to show their anger, and as dusk fell bottles were thrown at police, who responded with tear gas and pepper spray, said CNN's Diana Magnay, who was at the scene.

A protestor waves a flag as police line up in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens.

The government is cutting public-sector salaries, raising the retirement age and imposing new taxes in order to secure billions of euros in loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

Crowds dispersed quickly, Magnay said.

Demonstrations Thursday were smaller and generally more peaceful than a day earlier, when general strikes turned violent and three people were killed when a bank was fire bombed.

Greek lawmakers voted 172 to 121 to approve the controversial package of cost-cutting measures, the prime minister's office announced.

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  1. tldtalada

    Capitalism at its best...

    May 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rich in orlando

    From the video I saw that the public outnumbered the police by at leaset 50 to 1. i was dissappointed that the people did not press over the police and up the steps to the building. your voices were not heard and the wealhty just proved their point. we will always run away when threatened!

    May 6, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |