TEAR GAS FIRED AS GREEK POLICE CLASH WITH ATHENS PROTESTERS


29 June 2011

Greek riot police must not use excessive force in their handling of violence during protests in Athens, Amnesty International said today amid reports protesters were hospitalized as police fired massive amounts of tear gas.

The clashes came amid two days of protest in Syntagma square against an unpopular austerity bill, approved by the Greek Parliament today.

“The largely peaceful demonstrations of the past two days have been marred again by a minority of rioters clashing with the police,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia.

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