The Greek Parliament early Monday morning approved austerity measures demanded by European bankers and financiers.
After approving a controversial new bill, which guts minimum wage and public services, Athens erupted in flames as rioters filled the streets with their outrage.
Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece stunned the world with his announcement of a national referendum on new austerity measures.
The Greek people and eurozone leaders both seem to be furious at Greece Prime Minister George Papandreou's referendum announcement.
"The thing doesn't end with salary cuts. It's the uncertainty of what will happen tomorrow, because each day they tell us something new."
There have been many demonstrations in Greece during the past two years since the government's solvency crisis began, but this past week surpassed all in terms of militancy and scale.
Much of Greece was shut down Tuesday and Wednesday by a general strike by all major union federations, but parliament approved the general terms of a crushing austerity program.
The only thing that is certain is that Greek workers will take a hit and there will be intensified class struggle in the months to come.
For Greece to thumb its nose at the international elites and win would set a precedent for many other nations.
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