Greek strike turns violent ahead of new austerity vote
By Valentina Pop
Brussels – A second day of street clashes and economic standstill is expected on Thursday (20 October) as the Greek parliament votes on fresh spending cuts demanded by the EU and IMF to release another tranche of money.
Protests on Wednesday saw record participation in Athens, with at least 100,000 people taking to the streets and clashing violently with police.
The General Confederation of Greek Labour describing it as one of the biggest demonstrations since Greece restored democracy, in 1974. Airports were shut, schools closed, small shops and petrol stations shut their doors, while taxi drivers are continuing their strike against an attempt by the government to make their trade more flexible and open to competition.