Clashes at New Mass Protest in Greece Against Cuts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Protesters have clashed with police outside Greece's Parliament after lawmakers passed a new austerity bill that will secure vital loan aid for near-bankrupt Greece.

Riot police in Athens fired tear gas to drive off stone-throwing youths.

Tens of thousands demonstrated Thursday, a day after extensive rioting marred a protest during a nationwide general strike against the new cutbacks. Three people died Wednesday after getting trapped in a burning bank torched by rioters.

Lawmakers approved the austerity bill in a 172-121 vote allowing Greece to tap into $140 billion in bailout loans from euro-zone countries and the International Monetary Fund.

Greeks have been outraged by the measures.

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