Athens in flames as Greek parliament approves austerity bill

As many predicted, civil society in Greece has broken down as a result of the harsh and painful austerity measures necessary to enact if the country was to receive its bailout money from the EU. Dozens of buildings have been torched in the aftermath of the vote. Reuters: State television reported the violence spread to the tourist islands of Corfu and Crete, the northern city of Thessaloniki and towns in central Greece. Shops were looted in the capital where police said 34 buildings were ablaze. Prime Minister Lucas Papademos denounced the worst breakdown of order since 2008 when violence gripped Greece for weeks after police shot a 15-year-old schoolboy. [...] Papademos told lawmakers shortly before they voted that they would be gravely mistaken if they rejected the package that demands deep pay, pension and job cuts, as this would threaten Greece's place in the European mainstream. "It would be a huge historical injustice if the country from which European culture sprang ...(Read Full Post)