Riots before the vote


Greece saw riots yesterday in Athens on day one of a 48 hour general strike against the austerity package currently being debated in parliament. Although the day started peacefully, there were clashed between police and rioters as well as fights breaking out between trade unionists and a small group of anarchists who appear to be behind the outbreak of violence.

Opinion polls say that around 80% of Greeks oppose the measures. Today the parliament will vote on the €28 bn austerity plan and if passed an implementation law will be voted upon tomorrow.

The ruling Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) have a small majority, 155 of the 300 seats in parliament and at least two members have said that they will vote against the austerity package.

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