March turns violent in Greece
Athens - Police fired tear gas outside the Greek parliament on Wednesday as clashes broke out with stone-throwing protesters in a demonstration against a new wave of austerity measures, an AFP reporter said.
Protesters set garbage bins on fire outside a luxury hotel on central Syntagma Square and threw projectiles at riot police during the union-backed demonstration that attracted about 15 000 participants, according to police.
The protest was held hours after parliament approved a bill slashing salaries in the country's poorly managed public utilities, months after civil servants in the broader public sector had also had their wages and pensions cut.
The austerity cuts are mandated by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund after they extended a €110bn loan in May that rescued Greece from bankruptcy.