Fears of growing violence as talks continue in Greece
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.