Fears of grow­ing vi­o­lence as talks con­tinue in Greece

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - SHOWBIZ TODAY -

A PUB­LIC back­lash against Greek aus­ter­ity mea­sures was set to con­tinue to­day. MPS in Athens were to vote on law re­forms to ac­ti­vate the lat­est deal on tax rises, pay cuts and 150,000 pub­lic sec­tor re­dun­dan­cies. Run­ning street bat­tles be­tween demon­stra­tors and po­lice near the par­lia­ment have marked the tor­tured ef­forts of Prime Min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pan­dreou to hold the line and win back­ing for mea­sures to stave off bank­ruptcy. To­day’s vote should agree the nec­es­sary law changes to im­ple­ment cuts de­signed to gen­er­ate £25 bil­lion by 2015 to help off­set a mas­sive deficit. Af­ter the 155 to 138 vote in favour of a new aus­ter­ity pack­age yes­ter­day the Athens par­lia­ment to­day votes on chang­ing the law to im­ple­ment the mea­sures. But a 48-hour strike and the vi­o­lence of the protests have raised fears of wide­spread pub­lic de­fi­ance.

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