Vote on Cuts in Greece After Riots
Greece to Vote on Cuts After Riots
Updated: Thursday, 30 Jun 2011, 8:06 AM CDT
Published : Thursday, 30 Jun 2011, 8:06 AM CDT
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greek lawmakers are set to pass a bill to implement more austerity measures demanded by creditors, following two days of rioting in Athens that left some 200 people injured.
The vote is expected around 3 p.m. (1200GMT) today, on the day of a deadline set by European countries and the IMF, which had threatened to freeze installments of a rescue loan that is preventing Greece from going bankrupt.
Yesterday, parliament approved the $40 billion austerity package lasting through 2015, leaving details of the cuts to be approved today. Outside, protesters, fighting tear gas, hurled whatever they could find at riot police and tried to blockade the building.
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