‘We have been betrayed!’ Protest turns violent as Greece votes

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Athens (AFP) – Firebombs thrown by furious anti-austerity protesters exploded in front of Greece’s parliament Wednesday as anger over a new bailout deal spilled onto the streets of the capital.

As lawmakers prepared to vote on the unpopular deal, police fired tear gas to push back dozens of hooded and masked protesters, who threw rocks and stones as they chanted angrily in Syntagma square.

“We have been betrayed!” shouted a man in a balaclava, as police used pepper spray and gas to stop a crowd breaching a security line blocking off the road to the prime minister’s office. Continue reading

Crunch time finally here in Greek debt crisis

It’s past 10pm, Sunday night in Syntagma Square, and the anti-austerity protest shows no sign of flagging.Under her now-moderately-famous ‘Unf— Greece’ placard (U2 use it in their current tour), veteran protester Panagiota Bletas is straightforward about exactly how her country should be ‘unf—ed’.

“We need to fight austerity,” she says. “The whole of Europe, not just Greece. Nations can’t live under these conditions.” Continue reading