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Gallery: Athens burns as riots seize the Greek capital

Over 100 people have been injured after another day of violence…

THE PROTESTS IN Athens are continuing this evening after a day of violence which has seen more than a hundred people injured. The Greek Parliament earlier passed an austerity bill which the EU has this evening called a “vital step back” from a default. Another bill must be passed tomorrow.

The austerity measures aim to cut spending and raise taxes by €28 billion, and raise €50 billion in privitisation over five years. The bill will release the next tranche of Greece’s EU/IMF bailout.

Investors cheered the votes as it passed today in Athens, but in Syntagma Square there were boos and the mood was dark. In a haze of tear gas today, protesters hurled anything the could find at riot police and tried to blockade the parliament building.

At 9.30pm this Twitter user indicated that things were far from over:

Reporter Joseph Dana tweeted at 8.30pm that protests were ongoing in Athens this evening:

Sky News reporter @joelhills tweeted this picture of Athens at sunset, noting the smoke above Syntagma Square….

Gallery: Athens burns as riots seize the Greek capital
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    A wounded protester is being led away from clashes with riot police (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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    A fire bomb explodes next to riot police at Syntagma Square (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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    Protesters take cover from tear gas at Syntagma square in front of the Greek Parliament (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
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    Protesters try to raise the aluminum shutters of a National Bank of Greece branch at Syntagma Square in front of the Greek Parliament (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)
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    Protesters' first aid hold a flag with the red cross as a riot police officer looks on during clashes at Athens' main Syntagma square (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, first left seated, applauds with his party parliament members, after they vote the new austerity measures in the Greek Parliament in Athens (AP Photo/Eurokinissi, Giorgos Kontarinis)
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    A protester throws a chair into a burning barricade at Syntagma square (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
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    Riot police lead away a protester they placed under arrest as another protester looks on from his seat (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
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    A protester prepares to hit riot police with a stick during clashes at Syntagma square (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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    Firefighters try to extinguish the fire at the central post office in central Athens (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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    A protester throws a stone towards riot policemen (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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    Protesters, their faces covered with a liquid antacid - usually used to treat heartburn, and which they believe helps protect against the effects of tear gas, sit during clashes between riot police and other protesters in central Athens (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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    Demonstrators stand by a burning advertisement during clashes in central Athens (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
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