Greek protests get violent ahead of austerity vote

An anti-austerity demonstration by more than 80,000 people in Athens degenerated into violence on Wednesday as hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police ahead of a crucial parliamentary vote on new spending cuts.


The vote is the toughest test yet for the country's fragile four month-old coalition government, which must pass the (EURO)13.5 billion ($17 billion) package of measures to ensure Greece continues receiving vital bailout funds from its international creditors to avoid bankruptcy. (AP)