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Greece: Chaos in Thessaloniki as protesters firebomb outside SYRIZA offices01:00

Greece: Chaos in Thessaloniki as protesters firebomb outside SYRIZA offices

Greece, Thessaloniki
May 8, 2016 at 23:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

Scenes of chaos emerged on the streets of Thessaloniki on Sunday, after anarchist protesters launched firebombs close to the local Syriza party offices during a protest over the latest austerity bill vote.

Anarchists reportedly broke away from the protest late on Sunday and hurled firebombs at the ruling party offices in the centre of the city. Extra police were deployed in order to guard the premises. Police then used tear gas to disperse the crowd before chasing them through the streets.

Thousands of left-wing activists and union members have been protesting across Greece on Sunday, denouncing the treatment of workers and EU-imposed austerity measures.

The bill, if passed by MPs, will see a large overhaul to tax and pension schemes in a bid to reduce Athens' pension pay-outs and increase taxes for those earning what are deemed to be medium to high incomes.

Eurozone finance ministers and creditors are set for a crunch meeting in Brussels on Monday.

Greece: Chaos in Thessaloniki as protesters firebomb outside SYRIZA offices01:00
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Scenes of chaos emerged on the streets of Thessaloniki on Sunday, after anarchist protesters launched firebombs close to the local Syriza party offices during a protest over the latest austerity bill vote.

Anarchists reportedly broke away from the protest late on Sunday and hurled firebombs at the ruling party offices in the centre of the city. Extra police were deployed in order to guard the premises. Police then used tear gas to disperse the crowd before chasing them through the streets.

Thousands of left-wing activists and union members have been protesting across Greece on Sunday, denouncing the treatment of workers and EU-imposed austerity measures.

The bill, if passed by MPs, will see a large overhaul to tax and pension schemes in a bid to reduce Athens' pension pay-outs and increase taxes for those earning what are deemed to be medium to high incomes.

Eurozone finance ministers and creditors are set for a crunch meeting in Brussels on Monday.

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