Greece: New capitulation to EU sparks rioting : Morning Star

RIOTS broke out in Athens on Thursday night as parliament surrendered to new EU austerity demands.

All 153 MPs in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s Syrizaled coalition voted in favour of the measures, which include further pension cuts and lowering of the threshold at which income tax becomes payable.

All 128 opposition MPs present in the 300-seat parliament opposed the legislation in a vote just before midnight.

Deputy Finance Minister George Houliarakis called the measures a “necessary compromise” with creditors’ demands. “This is the only road map that guarantees … the country’s exit from the great Greek recession,” he said.

Earlier, some 15,000 protesters gathered outside parliament in a demonstration called by trade unions, which staged a general strike on Wednesday against the latest capitulation to Brussels.

Some demonstrators threw petrol bombs at police guarding the approaches to the building.

READ MORE : MORNING STAR

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