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Hundreds gather at Syntagma Square ahead of no-confidence vote

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Syntagma Square in central Athens on Sunday night as Parliament debates a no-confidence vote put forward by leftist opposition SYRIZA.

The gathering was called by SYRIZA to rally support for its censure motion against the conservative-led coalition government of Antonis Samaras.

The vote is expected to start around midnight following addresses by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, who is opposed to Greece’s agreement with foreign creditors that foresees stringent austerity measures in exchange for life-saving bailout funding, and Samaras.

The government is virtually certain to emerge from the vote of no confidence unscathed as the leftists are far short of the 151 votes in the 300-seat House for their motion to stand.

SYRIZA’s censure motion against the government was submitted in response to a police raid on the occupied headquarters of the former state broadcaster ERT in the early hours of Thursday.