Protesters clash with police outside Greece’s parliament building on Tuesday after lawmakers passed a widely unpopular property tax.
Throwing bottles and debris, more than one thousand protesters demonstrated against the legislation. It will impose new taxes on home and commercial property owners as part of the government’s austerity program.
Scuffles broke out with police dressed in riot gear as they fired tear gas into the crowd and detained at least one protester.
Earlier, all 154 socialist deputies had voted for the bill – marking a significant test of the government’s ability to push spending cuts through a disgruntled parliament.
The vote signaled a victory for the ruling party of the government as EU and IMF inspectors are expected to review whether Greece has made progress in its austerity program.
At stake is an eight billion euro loan, needed to avoid running out of cash next month.
Many Greeks reject the austerity measures and more protests are expected on Wednesday.
Bottom line: Greek protesters scuffle with police outside parliament after deputies pass an unpopular tax measure as part of the government’s austerity program.