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June 29, 2011
Greece backs austerity despite violent protests

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece approved more austerity measures needed to avert default next month, in a vote Wednesday that calmed markets but triggered a second day of riots that left dozens injured and the capital blanketed with tear gas. The passage of the bill was a decisive step for the country to get the next batch of bailout loans from international creditors and was met with a huge sigh of relief in markets and by Greece's partners in the eurozone. A Greek default could potentially trigger a banking crisis, particularly in Europe, and turmoil in global markets. While deputies voted, stun grenades echoed across the square outside the Parliament building and acrid clouds of tear gas hung in the streets. The violence continued sporadically after the vote and smoke was billowing from beneath the Finance Ministry. ( 31 images)

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A riot policeman strikes a demonstrator as protesters try to prevent deputies from reaching the Greek parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 AP / Thanassis Stavrakis


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A protester throws a stone at police at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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A protester throws a stone at police behind a barricade at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP /



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A riot police officer clashes with protesters in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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Riot police arrest a protester at Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP /



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Riot police block stones thrown by protesters at Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Kostas Tsironis



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A protester uses a fire extinguisher against police at Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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A protester throws a missile at riot police during clashes in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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Protesters run away from tear gas at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Kostas Tsironis



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A protester throws a garbage bag to riot police in front of the Greek Parliament during clashes in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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Riot policemen arrest a protester during clashes in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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A protester throws stone to riot police at Syntagma S in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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A riot police officer throws a stone at protesters during clashes in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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Riot policemen arrest a protester during clashes in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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Protester throws back a tear gas canister to the police at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Giannakouris



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Riot policeman blocks stones at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Riot police run to avoid stones at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Protesters clash with riot police in Syntagma square in central Athens, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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A wounded protester is led away from clashes with riot police as protesters tried to prevent deputies from reaching the Greek parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Protesters crowd Communist party deputy Liana Kanelli who had yoghurt thrown on her face as she tried to reach the Greek parliament in central Athens Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Protesters take cover from tear gas at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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Protesters' first aid hold a flag with the red cross as a riot police officer looks on during clashes at Athens' main Syntagma square, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Thanassis Stavrakis



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Plumes of tear gas rise over Syntagma square as smoke billows from the Finance Ministry building, at right, near the Greek Parliament in central Athens on Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Dimitri Messinis



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A fire bomb explodes next to riot police at Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, Wednesday, June 29, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a demonstration in Athens on Tuesday June 28, 2011. AP / Dimitri Messinis



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Demonstrators run away from tear gas during a demonstration in Athens Tuesday evening June 28, 2011. AP / Dimitri Messinis



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A riot police officer throws a tear gas canister at protesters during a demonstration in Athens, Tuesday June 28, 2011. ASSOCIATED PRESS / Petros Giannakouris



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Riot police arrest a protester during a demonstration in Athens, Tuesday June 28, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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Protesters challenge police during a demonstration in Athens on Tuesday June 28, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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A demonstrator faces riot police during a demo in Athens on Tuesday June 28, 2011. AP /



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Riot police watch over protesters during a demonstration in Athens on Tuesday June 28, 2011. AP / Petros Karadjias



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