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Violence erupts at Greek parliament protest

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Fierce clashes and running battles have broken out between anti-austerity protestors and police in the Greek capital on the second day of a 48-hour nationwide strike.

The violence erupted shortly after thousands of demonstrators flooded into the main square as MPs prepared to vote on a tough new belt-tightening measures.

But the parliamentary session was briefly interrupted when parliament workers went on strike and opposition lawmakers walked out of the chamber in protest.

Outside parliament, loud booms rang out as protesters hurled petrol bombs and police responded with teargas and stun
grenades.

Despite opposition from the government’s coalition partner, parliament is still expected to vote for 13.5bn euros of austerity measures, including tax rises and pension cuts.