Dozens of masked youths clashed with police at a union protest Tuesday in Athens during a general strike against the cash-strapped government's planned pension and labor reforms.
Riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse troublemakers who threw chunks of marble smashed off a metro station entrance and set rubbish bins on fire. Running clashes continued along a major avenue — lined with shuttered shops and banks — as rioters armed with wooden clubs made repeated sallies against police.
The violence came as some 10,000 people took part in a demonstration organized by the country's two main labor unions and fringe left-wing groups.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Greece Protests Get Violent
It's not a pretty day. Global markets crashing. ECB sterilization failure and riots in Athens. AP reports from Athens:
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