December 21, 2014
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.