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March 5, 2010
Riots in Greece over debt crisis
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Greek parliament approved new spending cuts and taxes Friday aimed at defusing the country's debt crisis, while protesters opposed to the measures fought with police outside. Prime Minister George Papandreou headed abroad to seek European leaders' support for his efforts. Riot police used tear gas and baton charges to disperse rioters who chased the ceremonial guards in 19th-century kilts and tasseled garters away from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the parliament, while a top trade union leader was roughed up by left-wing protesters. It was the biggest outburst of violence since Greece's debt crisis escalated late last year. Police say they arrested 5 people, and seven officers were injured.
Greece's financial troubles have shaken the European Union and its shared euro currency, whose rules were supposed to prevent governments from running up too much debt. (22 images)

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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis


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A man stands in front of police at the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Friday, March 5. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Riot police pass by a burning barricade set on fire by rioters in central Athens on Friday, March 5. Masked youths attacked the leader of Greece's biggest union and stoned police in Athens Friday in an outbreak of violence over cutbacks proposed by Prime Minister George Papandreou, who was abroad seeking European leaders' support for his efforts to defuse the country's debt crisis. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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A demonstrator throws pieces of marble to policemen as they stand guard in front of the Greek parliament during a protest in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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A protester wraps a banner round a riot policeman, seen left, who is trying to arrest a suspected rioter during clashes outside the parliament in central Athens on Friday, March 5. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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A riot policeman tries to catch a protester during a rally in central Athens on Friday, March 5. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Demonstrators clash with police in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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Demonstrators clash with police outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis



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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis



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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis



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Manolis Glezos, second from right, Greek left wing politician and writer, known especially for his participation in the World War II resistance, is attacked by riot police outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis



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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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Demonstrators clash with riot police in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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Demonstrator clash with riot police in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis



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A demonstrator pulls another protester away from riot police during clashes outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis



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Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Angelos Tzortzinis



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Riot police arrest a protester outside a shuttered luxury hotel in central Athens on Friday, March 5. The writing on the wall says "Class Revolt Now: Everyone on the Streets." AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Police arrest a demonstrator during clashes outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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Twp policemen arrest a demonstrator at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Louisa Gouliamaki



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A riot police officer has immobilized a protester at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside Greece's Parliament in central Athens, Friday, March 5. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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