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Athens: more than 140 arrests after a night of violence (police)

Over 140 people were arrested after a night of violence in Athens on Sunday, said police of the Greek capital on Monday.

The violence took place on the sidelines of the event on Sunday, attracting about 100,000 people protesting against the passage in parliament of a new austerity plan required by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to avoid bankruptcy at home.

The police reported 67 people arrested for attacks against the police, property damage and theft. 75 others were arrested for their alleged involvement in the unrest.

In the center of Athens, 45 buildings were totally or partially damaged by arson, and there are dozens of broken glass and twisted metal shutters.

Troublemakers, numbering 1,500 to 2,000 people, threw Molotov cocktails, stones and pieces of wood against the officers, wounding 68 of them. The Ministry of Health reported that admitted 35 civilians.

Athens Mayor George Kaminis, speaking at the television station Mega, compared the damage inflicted on the capital, where some buildings went up in smoke, with that of December 2008, when the death of a teenager killed by police sparked nearly a week of urban violence.

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