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CHAOS Riots Rock Athens Louisa Gouliamaki, AFP / Getty Images

Riots Rock Athens

Greek lawmakers passed an unpopular bailout deal Sunday, as protesters took to the streets in outrage, attacking police with fire bombs and stones. Even a Starbucks was set on fire. There have been more than 50 arrests, 150 shops looted, and 34 buildings set on fire, and 100 riot police have been injured. After much pleading from Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, the plan, with its deep austerity measures, looks as though it will help the country avoid default in March. The measures will cut $4.35 billion in wages, pensions, and jobs—the price for a rescue package from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. As Parliament convened, those rallying outside chanted "traitor." More than 40 MPs who did not back the austerity package have been expelled. The violence, the worst since 2008, has spread to tourist islands Corfu and Crete, the northern city Thessaloniki, and even central Greece.

February 12, 2012 9:30 PM