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Bloomberg: Rioters Burn Buildings as Greek Parliament Votes
Ten fires were burning in central Athens including buildings housing a Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) cafe, a bank and a movie theater, a fire department spokesman said, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with official policy. The blazes were near a bank that was set on fire in May 2010, killing three bank employees, during a general strike against Greece's first bailout package.


Demonstrators, rallying against austerity measures including job cuts, tore up marble in front of parliament that they hurled with fire-bombs at police guarding the chamber. Officers in riot gear responded with tear-gas and flash grenades. More than 50 officers were injured in the violence, police spokesman Takis Papapetropoulos said by telephone. The Greek Health Ministry said in an e-mailed statement that 54 people had been taken to hospital. Police said 25 rioters had been detained.


"The message to the Greek government is they should leave the country, right now," one protester, Dimitris Fokos, 49, unemployed, said. "They don't represent the people anymore."

tens of millions of people stand to see their lives ruined because the bureaucrats at the ECB don't understand introductory economics -- Dean Baker
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Feb 12th, 2012 at 05:50:55 PM EST
Protests, fine. It's the right thing to do. But I fucking hate rioters.

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by Starvid on Thu Feb 16th, 2012 at 08:40:50 PM EST
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"Protest" means the police beat the protesters.

"Riot" means the protesters are fighting back.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:57:58 AM EST
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The riots have the same net effect as the words of the Greek President (normally a mild-mannered octogenarian). They are a threat that better laid plans are about to combust into a bonfire.

After Papoulias went ballistic the other day, suddenly everyone calmed down.

He essentially said, "Burn it, burn it all to the ground."

People don't have the voice he does, but the net impact is the same.

Fire tends to clarify.

I wonder why we saw no one firing back at Papoulias? Could it be because the stock market tanked? And the stock markets did not understand the relevance of 100 burning buildings? Because it wasn't on TV?

by Upstate NY on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 11:08:15 AM EST
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