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120 injured, 45 buildings torched and 67 arrests

Published 14/02/2012 | 05:00

Firefighters doused smoldering buildings and clean-up crews swept rubble from the streets of central Athens yesterday following a night of rioting during which lawmakers approved harsh new austerity measures demanded by bailout creditors to save the nation from bankruptcy.

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At least 45 buildings were burned, while dozens of stores and cafes were smashed and looted.

More than 120 people were hurt in the rioting which also broke out in other Greek cities. Authorities said 68 police needed medical care, while at least 70 protesters were hospitalised. Police arrested at least 67 people.

Sunday's clashes erupted after more than 100,000 protesters marched to the parliament to rally against the drastic cuts.

"There's no question that there's quite a lot of anger in the population. There is quite a lot of frustration," said social and economic analyst Panos Tsakloglou. "However, I do not think that these rioters represent all these demonstrators that were mostly peaceful."

Irish Independent

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