[LIVE BLOG] Athens anti-austerity protests

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Greek police deployed tear gas on demonstrators in Athens last night after latest anti-austerity

Update: Internet Hacktivist Group Anonymous took down the Greek Police, Prime Minister and Parliament's Websites.

Yesterday's damage to the streets of Athens has been described as the worst riot damage in years.

MPs passed new austerity measures with dozens of historic buildings set ablaze. Shops were looted. Police used tear gas to divert the protestors away from central Athens. Russia Today reported that 45 buildings, including a cinema, bank, cafeteria, a mobile phone dealership and a glassware shop, burned in central Athens, with police adding at least 150 shops were looted in the capital.

70 people were hospitalised, with overall 120 injured. Sixty-seven rioters were arrested for attacking police officers and over 75 more were detained.

From our Blottr report yesterday:

100,000 people are reportedly on the streets of Athens protesting against the anti-austerity measures in front of the Greek parliament with the situation turning violent.

Reports suggest Banks are on fire and ATM machines have been emptied out.

Earlier Russia Today reported that several thousands had gathered on Syntagma Square in the heart of the Greek capital to protest against the parliamentary debates on new austerity measures. If the act is past, the measures could see the country secure a crucial €130 million bailout from the EU and the IMF.

Reuters reported that youths in masks and scarves wrapped around their faces threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at the law enforcement officers.

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