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Boos as MPs back Greek austerity plans

The Greek parliament has voted in favour of a drastic package of austerity measures intended to save the country from defaulting on its debts.

The proposed tax hikes and spending cuts have been deeply unpopular with the Greek public.

A nationwide 48-hour strike is under way and violent clashes are continuing in the streets of the capital, Athens.

The BBC's Jon Sopel in Athens said that protesters, gathered outside parliament, greeted an announcement about the result of the vote with a chorus of boos.

  • 29 Jun 2011
  • From the section Europe
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