Violence breaks out at demonstrations during 48 hour strike in Athens, Greece (update)

Greek police used tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons during running battles with demonstrators who hurled petrol bombs and tried to disrupt parliament as it voted on new spending cuts and austerity measures to avoid bankruptcy. The measures were passed, and tensions remain high in Greece at this time. Travellers should exercise caution and avoid all public and political demonstrations at this time, since they might become violent without notice. Essential services, including transportation, remain at a standstill during the strike period.

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