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Greek Protests Turn Violent Over Austerity Measures

Location: Athens, Greece
December 15, 2010

Protests against austerity measures in Greece have led to violent demonstrations in the streets of Athens. Riot police have been responding to instances of cars set on fire and a hotel being torched in the Greek capital. One former conservative minister was left bloodied after he was attacked by demonstrators. Today’s protests are considered the most violent since last May, when demonstrations three people were killed. Public and private sector strikers have caused flights to be grounded in Greece, closed down schools and brought to a halt public transportation. The demonstrations erupted after Greece’s parliament approved reforms and spending cuts. They are a condition of a 150-billion-dollar bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

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