An atmosphere of disbelief and anger pervades Athens as Greeks lay flowers in honour of the three people killed during yesterday’s protests against the government’s austerity measures.
Two women, one of them pregnant, and a man died when protesters hurled Molotov cocktails through the windows of a commercial bank in the capital Athens.
Financial institutions are closed as a mark of respect for the victims.
On the streets the mood is bleak: “ I thought this was going to happen eventually. But I never expected that they would go and burn innocent people. These things are just not right. Protesting is one thing, but doing things that are against the law just isn’t right.”
Prime Minister Papandreou expressed his shock at the events and vowed to bring those responsible to justice.
The Greek parliament is due to vote on the austerity plan, which involves budget cuts of some 30 billion euros over three years and includes wage freezes, pension cuts and tax rises.
As many as 50,000 took to the streets-by far the biggest protest since Papandreou came to power last October and began the process of reforming an uncompetitive and corrupt economy.
More demonstrations are expected later today.