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Greek Police Clash With Protesters in Central Athens

October 20, 2011

(Updates with clashes between protesters in second paragraph.)

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Greek police used tear gas to disperse protesters during the second day of a 48-hour strike in central Athens today as hooded youths attacked demonstrators encircling Parliament House.

The group of about 200 youths threw stones and fire bombs at the Communist Party of Greece-backed PAME union demonstrators who had formed a ring around the assembly early in the morning to protest against Prime Minister George Papandreou’s latest austerity measures. The bill is being debated in the chamber, with a vote due at some point later today.

Police estimated that 50,000 people gathered in the city center in the second straight day of protests against Papandreou’s pension and wage cuts. Papandreou says the measures are necessary to secure an 8 billion-euro ($11 billion) loan payment from international creditors and avert default.

--Editor: Alan Crawford

To contact the reporters on this story: Maria Petrakis in Athens at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net; Natalie Weeks in Athens at nweeks2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maria Petrakis at mpetrakis@bloomberg.net


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