Riots rock Athens —again

Striking Greek workers shut down transport and tried to storm the parliament building in Athens as lawmakers passed 4.8 billion euros ($6.5 billion) in budget cuts, including wage reductions. Yiannis Panagopoulos, leader of Greece’s main GSEE union, was attacked by goons outside the parliament building, which further escalated the violence. Clashes were also reported from Thessaloniki, where riot police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside government buildings. (AFP, Bloomberg, Toronto Sun, March 5)

See our last post on the struggle in Greece.

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