Anti-Austerity Protesters Clash With Police in Athens
The demonstrations come as Greek lawmakers consider another set of austerity measures.
Violent clashes between riot police and protesters returned to the streets of Athens on Wednesday night, as lawmakers debated a deeply controversial measure that would impose harsh austerity measures on the Greek economy in exchange for another bailout.
Protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police, who responded in turn with tear gas. Dramatic video footage shows protesters and police clashing near Syntagma Square:
Other footage captured protesters setting a TV van on fire:
The debate over further austerity measures has opened up a painful split on the Greek left. Tsipras and his allies maintain that they have been forced to capitulate to European creditors in order to preserve the Greek banking system and prevent further chaos. Many others are deeply fed up with the kind of austerity measures that have devastated the Greek economy, seemingly without an end in sight.
That sense of discontent is now finding an outlet on Athens’s streets:
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