Anarchists battle police as Greeks march against austerity

A group of 150 “self-styled” (sic) anarchists stormed into an Athens hospital where a protester who was severely injured in a protest march on May 11 is being treated and attacked three police officers guarding him there, a police official said. Thousands of workers walked off the job, pouring onto the streets of Athens and other Greek cities to protest a package of proposed “reforms” and cost-cutting measures designed to save the crisis-hit country $33 billion through 2015. In Athens, some 30,000 marched on the nation’s parliament building, jeering lawmakers and calling them “thieves” and “robbers.” Police used tear gas and pepper spray in running street battles with black-clad youth. (Reuters, LAT, May 11)

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