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Anti-austerity demonstrations in Athens turned violent

Reuters/Yannis Behrakis
It looks pretty bad out there.
  • Hanna Kozlowska
By Hanna Kozlowska

Investigative reporter

This article is more than 2 years old.

Violent clashes broke out at an Athens rally protesting austerity measures imposed by Greece’s European creditors.

Police estimate that 12,500 people were demonstrating in Syntagma Square outside Greek parliament, as lawmakers debated a new austerity bill that includes pension reform and tax increases.

Some in the crowd hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at the police, who responded with tear gas and pepper spray, temporarily turning the scene into fiery chaos.

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