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Greece adopts austerity law despite protests

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Greece has given final approval to new austerity measures cutting wages and raising taxes.

All but one of the debt-hit country’s ruling Socialist MPs voted for every provision in the belt-tightening law, needed to secure fresh bailout funds.

The vote went ahead despite a second day of violent protests outside parliament which saw clashes break out between rival groups of demonstrators.

Police initially stood by but eventually moved in. Dozens of people were injured in the clashes. One man died of a heart attack on the fringes of the protest. Officials said he was not hurt in the incidents.

The violence overshadowed day two of an anti-austerity general strike that brought much of Greece to a standstill.