Anti-austerity protest in Athens as MPs vote for second bailout reform package (PHOTOS, VIDEO) | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Anti-austerity protest in Athens as MPs vote for second bailout reform package (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Several thousand anti-austerity protesters staged a rally in Syntagma Square in central Athens as the MPs in the nearby parliament building were voting on a second package of reforms required to secure a third international bailout from EU-IMF creditors.

Police presence was heavy in the area after last week’s much larger, 12,000-strong protest concluded with clashes, with police using tear gas against Molotov cocktail-throwing youths.

The rally on Wednesday was peaceful for the most part, with the only isolated incidents of violence reported as protesters were leaving the square.

Journalists at Syntagma reported that someone detonated a petrol bomb near the police ranks, but order was quickly restored in the Greek capital.

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