Police scuffle with protesters at Greek ministry

ATHENS (BestGrowthStock) – Police fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters demonstrating against austerity measures outside Greece’s finance ministry.

“There were minor scuffles and rounds of tear gas fired,” a police official said. “Most of the protesters have left, there were no arrests.”

The protesters, mostly supporters of the Coalition of the Left opposition party, carried anti-IMF banners.

Greece’s socialist government is negotiating the terms of an emergency funding package with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union to deal with its debt crisis.

Athens is expected to impose steep salary cuts and other austerity measures to clinch a three-year, multi-billion euro aid deal and avoid default.

Greek public and private sector workers plan a 24-hour strike on May 5 against the belt-tightening.

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(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos; editing by Andrew Roche)

Police scuffle with protesters at Greek ministry