ATHENS, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Greek police clashed with
black-clad demonstrators outside parliament on Wednesday during
a mass rally called to protest against a bitterly resented new
round of belt-tightening needed to avert default.
The view of the ancient Acropolis was obscured by smoke from
burning piles of rubbish and a bank building was evacuated after
being set on fire by petrol bombs as a strike called by Greece’s
two main unions degenerated into violence.
ATHENS (Reuters) – Black-clad demonstrators hurled stones and fire bombs at police in front of the Greek parliament on Wednesday as tens of thousands rallied for a nationwide general strike to coincide with a vote on painful new austerity measures.
For the first time since the outbreak of the crisis two years ago, protesters pushed up to the steps of the parliament building itself, setting fire to a sentry box occupied by the ceremonial guards who stand watch over the main symbols of the Greek state.