Riot police fire tear gas at 17,000 anti-cuts protesters in Greece

Riot police fired tear gas at thousands of Greek protesters today as they took to the streets to protests against the Government’s austerity measures.

Ahead of a keynote speech by the Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, more than 17,000 angry citizens were dispersed by officers in the city of Thessaloniki.

Police said that they came under attack from protesters using flare guns, stones, sticks and even a petrol bomb, and they arrested two people while detaining another 100. Two people were injured.

In Athens, police fired stun grenades to disperse around 400 protesters who tried to block a main road outside Parliament. The protesters retaliated with firebombs that they lobbed at officers over passing traffic.

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