Greeks pass critical budget cuts despite protests
June 29th, 2011
09:39 AM ET

Greeks pass critical budget cuts despite protests

Greek lawmakers Wednesday approved a package of austerity measures demanded by international lenders, despite protests outside Parliament as they were voting, in a move that should clear the way for an emergency loan to Athens.

Greek riot police fired round after round of tear gas to keep small crowds of protesters away from Parliament in the run-up to the vote and as lawmakers one by one said "Yes" or "No."

Angry demonstrators hurled stones at police, chanted, waved Greek flags and set small fires to protest the austerity measures, which include new taxes and job cuts.

Police on motorcycles patrolled in pairs as tensions rose, but both sides showed some restraint, with the majority eyeing each other warily rather than wading into the melee.

Riot police also clashed with stone-throwing demonstrators Tuesday, firing tear gas to disperse protesters during riots that left 21 police officers and one demonstrator injured.

The two-day general strike is continuing on Wednesday, with members of three major unions planning to march on Parliament after the vote.

Protests have been raging in Athens over austerity measures that lawmakers passed Wednesday.
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  1. jose'

    I knew they would slide out of their problem somehoe. People frome greece are mighty greasy.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. 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 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 29, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      I wish that this Tea Partier would post his jokes under someone else's name for a change instead of trying to make me look stupid! It seems like these Tea Partiers want to make a joke out of everything!!!

      June 29, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |

    Now just watch Greece fall into the greatest depression it ever had! With so many people being thrown out of work with these austerity measures, it's bound to happen and probably take the rest of Europe with it!!!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joe Moore

    This what happens to a socialist country. They ran out of other peoples money, and the lazy people are rioting.

    June 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joe Moore

    Vote Obama out in 2012! We can't afford 4 more years of his failed policies.

    June 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |