‘Police have fired tear gas in running battles with stone-throwing youths in Athens, where a 48-hour general strike is being held against a parliamentary vote on tough austerity measures.
More than 5,000 police officers were deployed in the centre of Athens as the protesters marched towards parliament. The rally started peacefully, but escalated into running skirmishes on the fringes of the main demonstration.
Hundreds of protesters with faces covered by scarves or gas-masks started throwing stones, debris and bottles at the police in one corner of the central Syntagma Square.
Police fired tear gas and stun grenades to keep them back and around 18 people were detained by police.’
June 29, 2011 · 8:25 am