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Greek Parliament Approves Fresh Austerity Measures Amid Protests

HeadlineMay 19, 2017

In Greece, the Parliament on Thursday narrowly approved a fresh round of austerity measures demanded by the nation’s creditors in exchange for a bailout. The deal was backed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose Syriza party campaigned on an anti-austerity platform.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: “We feel that we are on the final step. Nobody is denying, nobody doubts, that this agreement has difficulties; however, it does open a path in front of us.”

Outside the Parliament, anti-austerity anger boiled over into protest. Police fired tear gas to beat back a crowd of more than 10,000 people demanding a new government.

Antonis Stamatopoulos: “There is no other solution but revolution. They have taken everything from us, and these pseudo-leftists are finishing us off. The only thing we can do is resist and revolt.”

Mary Athanasiou: “The government must resign immediately! The people demand their resignation.”

The latest round of austerity will see taxes rise and pensions slashed further. Eurozone finance ministers will decide on Monday whether to disburse another $8 billion in bailout funds.

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