ATHENS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Clashes broke out on Wednesday afternoon in central Athens, the Greek capital, during a rally organized by labor unions and Left parties against planned fresh austerity measures in exchange for further international financial aid.
Greece was hit by a 24-hour nationwide general strike in the first major protest test for the three-month coalition government this autumn. On Syntagma square in front of the parliament building, hundreds of anarchist youths attacked anti-riot police.
The hooded men pelted petrol bombs and rocks at policemen and smashed bus stops and windows of banks and stores in the area.
Police forces responded firing teargas and used for first time a water-dropping vehicle to disperse the crowd and extinguish a small fire which started in a corner of the National Park next to the parliament.
No injuries have been reported yet, but local police said, several persons have been detained.
The scuffles erupted on the margins of an otherwise peaceful march against the cutbacks by more than 100,000 citizens, according to estimates by the two main unions of private And public sector employees, GSEE and ADEDY.
Wednesday' strike and demonstrations across Greece come as the government is expected to finalize this week a new package of 11.5 billion euro (14.85 billion U.S dollars) spending cuts to secure more bailout loans by international creditors in order to keep the country afloat and in the eurozone.