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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tensions in Greece after the Greek parliament adopted the controversial pension reform

Tensions in Greece, where parliament passed on Sunday night to Monday a controversial pension reform and tax a majority government coalition, Syriza radical left and the right-wing nationalist ANEL (Independent Greeks). D understand project was adopted shortly after the Athens took place between protesters and police of austerity measures, Agence France Presse relatază.

All opposition parties voted against this reform which aims at reducing the largest pension merger of several insurance funds, increased fees, charges and taxes especially for middle and high incomes.

All 153 members of the coalition of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in the 300-seat unicameral parliament voted for the package of measures in an attempt to get more money from international lenders for the next tranche of bailout of the country.

While elected officials debating legislation to parliament were held violent demonstrations. Some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and other objects at police, who responded with tear gas, spreading acrid smoke in Syntagma Square near parliament.
During the day Sunday, thousands of people gathered in front of parliament to protest against pension cuts and increased taxes.
The austerity measures are a condition for Greece to receive from international lenders a third installment of the assistance package, which amounts to a total of up to 86 billion euros.