Greek democracy `put to the test` by crisis: PM

Greek democracy has been "put to the test" and violent protests during which three people died are "not a solution" to the country`s crisis, Prime Minister George Papandreou told parliament today.

Athens: Greek democracy has been "put to the
test" and violent protests during which three people died are
"not a solution" to the country`s crisis, Prime Minister
George Papandreou told parliament today.

"The future of Greece is at stake. The economy, democracy
and social cohesion are being put to the test," he told
lawmakers during a debate on an unprecedented government
austerity drive.

"Violence is not a solution," he said, warning that
clashes during protests the previous day harmed "the image of
the country and Greeks."

Three people died today after rioting youths hurled
firebombs into a bank in central Athens on the margins of a
giant protest against the austerity measures that degenerated
into rioting.

"We are all called upon to shoulder our
responsibilities," Papandreou said as he tried to rally as
much support as possible for the austerity measures in
parliament, where the government enjoys a majority of 160 out
of 300 seats.

PTI