Sunday, February 12, 2012

Greece Passes Austerity Bill As Riots Spread

The Greek parliament has approved an austerity bill aimed at securing a second bailout as riots spread across Athens.

Before the parliamentary vote, serious violence broke out in the capital and spread to other Greek towns and cities.

At least 10 buildings were set on fire, including a cinema and a bank, and shops were smashed up as masked rioters fought police. Dozens of officers and protesters were injured, while more than 20 suspected rioters were arrested.

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The violence exploded after more than 100,000 protesters marched to parliament to demand a vote against the latest cuts.

Sky News Europe correspondent Robert Nisbet said: "The Greek people have been suffering, there is no doubt about that. Read More