Extensive rioting in and around Syntagma Square left 99 people injured on Wednesday, the Greek Ministry of Health and Social Solidarity reported. Meanwhile, the Greek police announced that 30 people were detained, resulting in 11 arrests, while 31 officers were injured.
The scenes bore little resemblance to those of the previous 37 days, when predominantly peaceful demonstrations had been organized by members of the so-called Indignant movement. There was also damage to shops, banks and hotels, while rioters wreaked havoc in the Syntagma post office, which was reportedly looted.
The rioting escalated on Wednesday as Prime Minister George Papandreou?s Socialist government won parliamentary support for a wave of new austerity measures to avoid a Greek default. Parliament?s 300 members are expected to vote for the midterm fiscal plan?s implementation on Thursday afternoon.
Meanwhile, the civil servants’ union, ADEDY, will be holding a rally in Syntagma Square on Thursday at 7.30 p.m.