Police arrest a demonstrator during massive clashes at the central Athens Syntagma square on June 15, 2011 (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)
Anti-government protests in debt-stricken Greece have turned violent. Demonstrators clashed with police forces after tear gas was used to disperse protesters. People in central Athens are protesting against new austerity measures to aid the economy.
Between 25,000 and 27,000 demonstrators were on the streets of the capital by the middle of the day, police said.
They formed a human shield around the Greek parliament to prevent lawmakers from debating the issue Wednesday afternoon. Tens of thousands of protesters started to throw stones and firebombs at the police in response to tear gas.
“People in Athens protested very peacefully as they [have done] for more than 70–80 days and what is going now is beyond logic. It is a war with helicopters, with motorbikes, with Molotov [cocktails] and chemical stuff,” journalist Stylianos Chrysostomidis, who was at the scene, told RT.more