Police tear-gas farmers at anti-cuts rally in Greek capital

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Clashes erupted between riot police and protesting farmers in front of the Hellenic Parliament in Athens, on Wednesday after some 4,000 agricultural workers rallied from across the country to condemn planned tax reforms and austerity measures. Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters as they moved closer to the parliament building and threw oranges and other objects at officers. The Greek parliament backed a first round of austerity reforms last summer in return for an €86 billion bailout, with a total of 229 MPs voting ‘yes,’ against 64 voting ‘no.’ The package, which includes tax increases on farmers, is part of a raft of austerity measures and economic reforms demanded by the country’s creditors in exchange for a third bailout.