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Athens resident: things will only get uglier

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Athens resident: things will only get uglier


After violent clashes and a parliamentary vote for more austerity, Greeks are still coming to terms with what it will mean for their daily lives.

As the clean-up continues after a day of rioting in Athens, a second bill is due to be voted on today. This after a first package of further belt-tightening was passed in parliament yesterday. The extra spending cuts, tax rises and privatisations are being demanded by the IMF and EU, before they hand over more bailout funds.

Opponents of the measures are vowing to keep up the pressure on the government.

“Things will only get uglier, worse than they are now,” said one man in Athens. “There is no future. There is nothing.”

Another man said “Greeks can only fight because poverty is something tough, and only someone who lives with it knows how difficult it is.”

Greece has also been hit by a 48-hour general strike, which comes during the busy holiday season. Union leaders say they will step up their battle against the austerity bill.

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