Violence in the streets of Athens
A protestor kicks a tear gas canister during clashes with riot police during a 48-hour general strike in Athens.
June 28th, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Violence in the streets of Athens

About 3,000 Greek riot police faced off against demonstrators in Athens as thousands marched to protest proposed austerity measures on the first day of Greece's two-day strike.

Some protesters threw rocks at security forces. One demonstrator and three police officers have been slightly injured, police said. Law enforcement fired tear gas at some demonstrators.

Most of the clashes are outside the Greek Parliament building in the center of the country's capital, where lawmakers are set to vote Wednesday on a tough five-year package of tax increases and spending cuts. European Council President Herman van Rompuy urged them to pass the measures to help ease Greece's serious financial problems.

"There are decisive moments and the coming hours will be decisive, crucial for the Greek people, but also for the Eurozone and the stability of the world economy," he told the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday. Read developments in this story and more about how Greece's money woes are affecting its relationship with the EU and economies throughout the world.

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  1. bill

    @banasy: our government has already committed genocide on our own soil, didn't they teach you anything about what we did to most of the American indians when you were in school?

    June 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @bill...banasy and I went to library after school. All they told us about was tribal chiefs selling their own people to slave traders, and indiginous peoples slaughtering each other before anyone else ever got here. (to The Americas) They did mention something about tainted blankets and Arab slave masters forcing African's to convert to Islam as being the reason why so many African-Americans are Muslim today, but just briefly. They told you more? he he

    June 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    No, not American Indian tribal chiefs. While they did sell some of their own peoples into slavery, it was to other tribes, not to slave traders. That's what African tribal leaders did...sold their own people into slavery to foreign slave traders. They still do the same thing today. How many times has just the Halliburton corp. been busted for bribing African leaders who allow access to the peoples resources in exchange for bribe money. Good thing for African citizens that their oil is worth more than they are.

    June 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bill

    @philip: they taught us that the reason there are so many African christians is because the British Empire forced the African people to convert in the British held territories. Guess both religions were bad about that.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bill

    I wonder why it is you don't here about agnostics forcing people to convert?

    June 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blue Heaven

      Why would they have any desire to convert? and what would they try to convert people to?

      June 28, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I doubt that the British converted people like Jesus did. What people claiming to be "christian" have done over the years cannot be held against Jesus. Anyone who bases their view of Jesus on what modern "christian" religions and governments are doing is going to get a distorted picture, even thinking Jesus is sadistic!

    June 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. bill

    @philip: true, that wasn't the point I was trying to make, should've been clearer. Jesus was actually more of a socialist\communist than a capitalist. The British conversion was more like the American conversion of the natives, through cruelty and bribery.

    June 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Blue Heaven

    That is obvious as the generations have been schooled on the word of Jesus' .

    June 28, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jim crow

    @blue heaven: I think bill was trying to point out that all religions have had their dark sides at some point in time where they've tried to force people to believe as they do.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Blue Heaven

    @ jim crow... But they have no religion. And yes those who do will try and twist God's words to suit their own in order to convert you or anyone else who seems ripe enough.
    Night again to all

    June 28, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Israel was occupied by Rome when Jesus walked the earth. The entire Jewish religion is based on the hope of a coming Messiah, foretold to ancient Jews, even Hebrews. Jesus was the foretold Messiah, but the Jewish religious leaders would lose everything if they admitted that he was. Jesus exposed their crooked reasoning and the way that they went about 'fleeceing the flock'. Honest-hearted Jew's could see that Jesus was the way, and so abandoned the Jewish faith and became baptized Christians. The apostle Paul himself was a very powerful Jew, a Pharisee, and enjoyed hunting Christians for sport. He became a Christian, abandoning his post as Pharisee. So people wanted what Jesus had...the truth about God, and the truthful promises of everlasting life. So they converted to Christianity! But just as foretold, the apostacy set-in and evil men have been running the world's "Christian" religions ever since. Really. 'Tis true.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Blue Heaven

    @ Philip your fibbing about just being a student aren't ya? Your FAR beyond just being a student of the bible. but I will leave that conversation for another time. Really gotta get some ZZZZZZZZZZZ's

    June 28, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bill

    @blue heaven: jim is correct, that is what I was trying to point out. The fact that agnostics have no religion is exactly why they have never tried to convert people-they have no reason to. @philip: let me clarify that Jesus and the Apostles weren't guilty of doing that. It is very clear that they went around teaching to those who would willingly listen or who wanted to hear.

    June 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    @bill...true. And they organised for that very purpose, to spread the truth to any who would listen. Not like today's churches that organise for personal salvation and yes, profit. I can hardly wait till Uncle Sam stops underwriting these so-called "christian" religions who amass enoumous wealth, their leaders live in opulent luxury...all tax-free.

    June 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alan MacDonald

    This is the beginning of global revolution against the disguised global corporate/financial/militarist EMPIRE - which poses behind its captured US, UK, European, Israeli governments, and calls itself "globalization" to cover the FACT that it is really just “global EMPIRE”!

    Alan MacDonald
    Sanford, Maine

    Liberty & democracy

    New America People's Party 2012 (our last chance)

    June 29, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
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