Three people, one of them a pregnant woman, were killed when Greeks protesting against government austerity measures threw gas bombs at a bank in Athens yesterday.
Tens of thousands of striking workers and civil servants took to the streets and masked youths clashed with police in riot gear, who responded with steady rounds of tear gas and flash bombs which clouded the city center.
The violence was a blow to Prime Minister George Papandreou’s plans to push through tough budget cuts demanded by the European Union and International Monetary Fund in exchange for a 110 billion euro aid package unveiled on Sunday.
Protesters tried to storm parliament but were pushed back by riot police shortly before it started to debate the austerity bill. Hundreds of black-hooded anarchists roamed the streets, smashing store windows and hacking chunks of marble off buildings to throw at police.