Street clashes broke out between rioting youths and police in central
Athens today as tens of thousands demonstrated during a nationwide
strike against the cash-strapped government. Hundreds of masked and
hooded youths punched and kicked motorcycle police, knocking several off
their bikes, as police responded with volleys of tear gas and stun grenades. The violence spread after the end of the march to a nearby square, where police faced off with stone-throwing anarchists and suffocating clouds of tear gas sent patrons scurrying from open-air cafes. Police say 16 suspected rioters were detained and two officers were injured.