Athens Burns as people fights aginst Austerity plans.
The Greek parliament has approved new harsh austerity legislature needed to secure a 130-billion-euro bailout from the EU and the IMF in efforts to avoid devastating default. This comes amid violent riots against the vote in Athens.
The lawmakers voted early Monday in favor of the bill that will cut 15,000 public-sector jobs and lower the minimum wage by 20 per cent.
Out of 278 MP’s, 199 voted in favor of the bill, with many of those who rebelled being expelled from their parties.
Before the voting began, Greek PM Lucas Papademos stressed the crucial importance of the measures warning of “uncontrollable economic chaos” if they were not passed.
“The social cost of this program is limited in comparison with the economic and social catastrophe that would follow if we did not adopt it,” he said in a televised address.
More than 100,000 protesters marched to the building of parliament at Syntagma Square on Sunday to express their anger at the new harsh austerity bill. Demonstrators have clashed with police, setting buildings ablaze on their way in central Athens. Dozens of police officers were injured and at least 55 protesters were sent to hospital.