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Clashes in Greece ahead of key austerity vote

7 November 2012 Last updated at 19:57


Protesters in Greece have clashed with riot police as MPs prepare to vote on a fresh round of austerity measures to secure the next round of bailout funds.

The police fired tear gas towards the protesters when they were attacked with petrol bombs in the capital Athens.

Parliament is due to vote on 13.5bn euros ($17.3bn; £10.5bn) of measures, including tax rises and pension cuts.

PM Antonis Samaras said without the bailout Greece would run out of money this month and face "catastrophe".

he fresh package of austerity measures - Greece's fourth in three years - is meant to close Greece's budget deficit, lower its huge debt burden and make its economy more competitive.

It includes a two-year increase in the retirement age from the current average of 65, as well as salary cuts and labour market reforms including cuts to h

Added: Nov-7-2012 Occurred On: Nov-7-2012
By: gemini
Regional News, Politics
Tags: austerity
Location: Greece (load item map)
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