Protesters clashed with police in Athens on Tuesday as demonstrations against anti-austerity measures turned violent.
A relatively peaceful rally began in the morning as legislators continued their debate on the measures. Greece won’t receive any more bailout money from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund unless the measures – including taxes on minimum wage earners – are approved.
By afternoon, the demonstrations turned violent. Protesters allegedly threw rocks at police, who responded with tear gas.
Police said 18 people were detained during the rally, with five of them later arrested.
If Greece does not receive the bailout funds, it will become the first Euro-zone nation to default on its debts. That could have impact on Europe’s banks and other financially vulnerable countries in the region.
With files from The Associated Press