RawStory. Greek riots escalate as parliament passes austerity plan
The Greek parliament in the early hours of Monday voted its approval of a harsh new austerity plan in exchange for new loans from foreign lenders. The vote was not even close, with 199 members of parliament voting in favor, 74 against, and 27 abstaining.
The two major parties in the ruling coalition announced after the vote that they had each expelled about 20 of their own MP’s for refusing to support the plan.
News of the passage of the plan further intensified the violence on the streets of Athens, where at least 80,000 people had turned out to set fires and throw missiles at police, as well as in other major cities.