ATHENS – Violent clashes between police and protesters in the Greek capital Athens led to eight people being injured on Tuesday, according to police and local media.
About 1,500 people, according to police figures, staged a protest outside the Ministry of Labor over reforms that foresaw a toughening of regulations for calling strikes.
Clashes between protesters and anti-riot police officers outside the ministry left five agents injured, a police source told EFE.
Local media reported that two protesters were also injured during the clashes.
The protesters then marched towards the prime minister’s office, where they clashed once more with security forces members, who used tear gas in order to disperse them.
Another police officer was slightly injured there, according to the police source.
The protests were called against a law that the government withdrew Monday after it was introduced, which would have raised the percentage of votes needed by certain syndicates to be able to call a strike.
The bill was originally due to be voted on Tuesday.
Limiting the right to strike was included in the requisites of the country’s bailout at the request of the International Monetary Fund.