Greece accepts austerity plan amid protests
Riots rage as Parliament debates cuts
As hooded youths torched buildings, looted shops, and battled police in the streets of Athens yesterday, lawmakers approved a tough austerity package that is expected to help Greece avoid default. Out of the 300members of Parliament, 199 voted yes, 74 voted no, five voted present while 22 were absent. Lawmakers accepted the plan after Greece’s s foreign lenders had demanded the measures in exchange for about $170 billion in bailout money.