Anti-government demonstrations in Greece have turned violent, with police using teargas against protesters. Hundreds of people gathered outside a trade fair in the northern city of Thessaloniki, where the centre-right Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis outlined his economic policies.
Protesters hurled petrol bombs and set fires outside the venue, where as many as 3,500 police had been deployed. The demonstrations are against austerity measures the government says are needed to cut Greece’s budge deficit and avoid European Union sanctions. Despite the outcry, the conservatives are pledging to stay the course.