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Greeks turn on Greeks as fury turns violent

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Greeks turn on Greeks as fury turns violent


A man injured in demonstrations in Greece over sweeping new austerity measures has died, according to local media.

The man, a union member in his fifties, received head wounds in Wednesday’s riots.

There were further clashes on Thursday between rival groups of protesters in front of the Greek parliament.

Members of the Communist PAME union turned on hooded youths who had begun hurling rocks and petrol bombs at them.

PAME traditionally supports peaceful rallies.

A huge crowd gathered in front of the parliament building in Athens on Thursday, determined to be heard.

“I want to tell the government we won’t let this pass easily. We will fight this bill. We will fight so they do not put an end to labour contracts which will put us back a century,” said one protestor.

Another added: “We will fight so that this law is never put into practice. With this battle we will also fight the pre-conditions that create these policies.”

Newspaper headlines speak of a national rage,

that is concentrated largely on a clause in the austerity package ending collective bargaining.

Some members of the ruling Socialist PASOK party, which has a majority of just four, have hinted they may vote against that clause.

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