- Title: Greek police clash with protesters hurling petrol bombs at anti-austerity rally
- Date: 18th May 2017
- Summary: ATHENS, GREECE (MAY 18, 2017) (REUTERS) ANTI-AUSTERITY PROTESTERS GATHERED ON STEPS OF GREEK PARLIAMENT / PROTESTER WAVING GREEK FLAG / POLICE PREVENTING THEM FROM MOVING CLOSER TO PARLIAMENT'S ENTRANCE
- Embargoed: 1st June 2017 21:17
- Keywords: clashes police austerity bailout protest Greece
- Location: ATHENS, GREECE
- City: ATHENS, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Topics: Budget/Taxation/Revenue,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016HDB22V
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- Story Text:Hooded protesters clashed with Greek police on Thursday (May 18) during an anti-austerity demonstration as lawmakers debated further spending cuts demanded by the country's international lenders in exchange for bailout funds.
A small group of hooded protesters broke away from a rally of about 10,000 demonstrators and hurled multiple rounds of petrol bombs at police guarding parliament. Police responded with teargas dispersing the crowd temporarily.
As the clashes broke out, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was delivering a speech in parliament defending proposed legislation which includes pension cuts and tax hikes to be implemented in 2019 and 2020, if adopted later on Thursday.
A vote was expected around midnight local time (2100 GMT).
The leftist-led government hopes that legislating the measures, four days before euro zone finance ministers meet in Brussels, will convince its lenders to release a 7.5 billion euro bailout tranche and grant it further debt relief.
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