More anti austerity protests


Organisers and police are disagreeing about the size of anti-austerity protests in Athens yesterday, but for sure they were large and eventually turned violent.

The police say that around 50,000 protesters attended rallies organised by the General Confederation of Greek Labour (GSEE), the Civil Servants’ Confederation (ADEDY) and the All-Workers Militant Front (PAME). Organisers of the rallies say that around 100,000 attended the rallies as part of a 24 hour national strike.

By mid-afternoon violence had broken out as youths attacked riot police who were standing nearby, although the police say the violence was not as great in comparison with some earlier protests.

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