A documentation of the unrest in Greece. Photographed from the 1 - 6th of May 2010. Greece signed a deal with IMF to bail them out of the financial crisis they are in. What will this deal do for Greece in the future? Athens, Greece. 1-6/05/2010
May Day in Athens saw disruptions outside parliament as well as conflict between Police and Anarchists at the Polytechnic university. Police are by law unable to enter the university grounds after events that took place there in 1973.
The people of Athens called a general strike on the 5th May. Thousands of protesters from a variety of groups (mainly from the left) gathered outside parliament.
A strong crowd of thousands of protesters ranging from children to elderly men and women - voiced their anger towards parliament.
Riot police stood by as parliament was stormed from all sides. Hundreds of Athenians came very close to storming parliament and police used tear gas, stun grenades and force to keep protesters back.
The clashes took to the streets and Athens soon erupted into a full scale riot. Shops where smashed, cars burned and a variety of missiles, including petrol bombs were hurled towards police lines.
As the violence spread through the streets, it was not long until buildings where set ablaze. One of which was the Marfin Bank where three people died, including a pregnant woman, from smoke inhalation. The media later declared that the bank was set ablaze by Anarchists.
Though the actions of the anarchists were widely condemned, conspiracy theories instantly surfaced on the streets suggesting that the tragic turn of events were orchestrated to shift focus from the passing of the controversial austerity bill to the actions of rampaging miscreants.
After news spread of the scenes on the streets, things calmed down.
The following day various groups and parties from the left gathered and marched together again. Some made it to parliament
As a stipulation of the multi billion Euro bailout package to save Greece's economy a drastic and divisive Austerity Bill has been rushed through parliament that will see, a raise in the pension age for those in the civil services, higher taxes on goods, wage freezes and income tax increases on workers in the civil services.