Violence rocks Athens after austerity vote

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Violence rocks Athens after austerity vote

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Violence continue in the streets of the Greek capital Athens late on Wednesday as riot police clashed with opponents to spending cuts passed by parliament earlier in the day.

Demonstrators hurled chunks of marble at police as suffocating tear gas hung in the air.

Medical teams say they treated hundreds of people for respiratory problems. At least 40 police officers were injured.

Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister George Papandreou won the vote to enact the austerity plan demanded by international lenders, the EU and the IMF.

On Thursday, MPs vote on an implementation plan. Both must be passed before the next 12-billion-euro tranche of the bailout loan is released.

As deputies prepare for another tense day in parliament, the fury of ordinary Greeks continues to be heard but unheeded.