More than 10,000 demonstrate in Athens: Police
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Last Updated: Friday, May 07, 2010, 11:49
  
Athens: More than 10,000 people demonstrated peacefully on Thursday in Athens as lawmakers voted on a drastic austerity package, a day after protests against cutbacks degenerated into deadly riots, police said.

About 5,000 trade union demonstrators marched in front of the Parliament, with anti-riot police forming a line around the building, according to police spokesman Thanassis Kokalakis.

The marchers unfurled a long black cloth in a sign of mourning for three people who died on Wednesday after hooligans hurled a firebomb inside a bank on the sidelines of the protests.

Meanwhile, the PAME communist union drew 6,000 protestors at a separate square in central Athens, Kokalakis said. Greece's main unions have condemned Wednesday's deadly violence, while calling on their members to keep up the momentum of demonstrations against the planned spending cuts and tax hikes.

PTI


First Published: Friday, May 07, 2010, 11:49


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