Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Protest Turns Violent In Athens

A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hour general strike.

Violence has flared in the Greek capital after workers started a general strike in protest against the new government's implementation of eurozone austerity cuts.

The demonstration in Athens kicked off on Wednesday morning, led by families pushing prams, protesting against the social reforms.

But it quickly descended into running battles between a hard-core of activists and riot police, with firebombs thrown and police baton charges in response.

Dozens of police riot vans were deployed near the nation's parliament, to avert an attack on the seat of power.

Called by the country's two biggest labour unions, the 24-hour strike has affected banks, schools and state services - with hospitals operating on skeleton staff. Read More