Thousands of Greeks clash in violent protests with police of parliament in the biggest bank bailout protest since the government took power in June.
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RT – A rally in the Greek capital turned violent when protesters in Syntagma Square lobbed Molotov cocktails at police, who retaliated by firing tear gas at the demonstrators.
Security forces also reportedly used flashbang grenades and pepper spray to push protesters back from the parliament building. According to Greek newspaper Kathimerin, the police had been ordered to orders to refrain from using chemicals against protesters.
It’s as thousands gathered in front of parliament for the country’s biggest anti-austerity protest since the new government came to power.
Clashes erupted in different parts of Athens Syntagma Square, with demonstrators throwing fire bombs at police.
Witnesses reported smoke rising over the square as security forces dispersed most of the protesters. Some remained, and continued the demonstration; others relocated.
Athens police have arrested five protesters so far, local media report. The arrests come after members of the radical leftist party Syriza clashed with riot police in the streets of Panepistimiou and Benaki, in the capital’s downtown district. Police reportedly again used stun grenades to disperse the hooded youths.