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Greece: Protesters pepper-sprayed while trying to storm Syriza offices01:10

Greece: Protesters pepper-sprayed while trying to storm Syriza offices

Greece, Thessaloniki
May 6, 2016 at 12:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Police pepper-sprayed protesters as they tried to storm the ruling Syriza party offices in Thessaloniki, Friday.

The incident took place as Greece entered a three day general strike against austerity measures, as the government prepares to vote on tax and social security reforms over the weekend.

The pension and tax reforms are scheduled to be voted on this Sunday, before the Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos meets with his counterparts on Monday in Brussels.

Critics state that the vote is designed to placate Eurozone finance ministers and the so-called Troika (European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)), with the Greek government overdue on paying a €5bn ($5.7bn) debt instalment.

Greece: Protesters pepper-sprayed while trying to storm Syriza offices01:10
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Police pepper-sprayed protesters as they tried to storm the ruling Syriza party offices in Thessaloniki, Friday.

The incident took place as Greece entered a three day general strike against austerity measures, as the government prepares to vote on tax and social security reforms over the weekend.

The pension and tax reforms are scheduled to be voted on this Sunday, before the Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos meets with his counterparts on Monday in Brussels.

Critics state that the vote is designed to placate Eurozone finance ministers and the so-called Troika (European Commission (EC), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)), with the Greek government overdue on paying a €5bn ($5.7bn) debt instalment.

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