Petrol bombs, tear gas and baton charges reflected the anger on the streets of Athens.
The violence followed the march on parliament which was to try and stop MPs passing the new austerity measures but the heart of the capital soon became a battle ground. And the Greek police bore the brunt of it.
Seven protesters and two police officers were injured and 40 people detained.
The new austerity package includes over six billion euros worth of tax rises and spending cuts, doubling the effect of measures which have already raised unemployment up to a record 16 per cent, not the economic news many Greeks are willing to hear.