As the Greek parliament voted on detailed measures to implement 28 billion euros in spending cuts, tax hikes and privitisations, a degree of calm returned to Athens after 48 hours of violence.
The tear gas may have cleared but the protesters remain furious with the political class and in no mood to accept the conditions of the EU/IMF loan.
One day care worker gave her reasons for maintaining the protest:
“It is just not possible that the government has voted this through this bill while everyone is out on the streets. We consider it unacceptable and we will stay and fight until they rescind the law or until they leave.”
This teacher made it clear that ordinary Greeks are united against the government:
“We believe these measures have no possibility of being implemented in practice, because the people do not accept them. The government is politically dead.”
Carrying a implementation vote in parliament is one thing putting the deeply unpopular measures into practise another.