Riotors in Greece killed three bank workers today. The protesting civil servant workers trapped the bank employees in a burning building. Three bodies were found inside the torched bank in the Greek capital.
The AP reported:
Deadly riots over new austerity measures engulfed the streets of Athens on Wednesday, and three people were killed as angry protesters tried to storm parliament, hurled Molotov cocktails at police and torched buildings.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets as part of nationwide strikes to protest new taxes and government spending cuts demanded by the International Monetary Fund and other European nations before heavily indebted Greece gets a euro110 billion ($141 billion) bailout package of loans to keep it from defaulting.
Three people died after being trapped in a burning bank along the main demonstration route in central Athens—the first deaths during a protest in Greece since 1991, when four people trapped in a burning office building were killed. Another five were rescued.
“A demonstration is one thing and murder is quite another,” Prime Minister George Papandreou thundered in Parliament during a session to discuss the spending cuts he announced Sunday. Lawmakers held a minute of silence for the dead.
A riot policeman falls after being ihit with molotov cocktail near the Greek parliament in Athens during a nationwide strike in Greece, May 5, 2010. Greece braced for a day of demonstrations during a nationwide strike by civil servants protesting the announcement of draconian austeristy measures. (REUTERS/John Kolesidis)
The Greek civil servant leaders announced today that they will strike again next week to protest against austerity measures.