On Wednesday, lawmakers in Athens, Greece approved an austerity package for the country, bowing to the demands of international lenders. The 155-138 vote passed as riots and protests continued in the nation’s capital.
“Greek riot police fired round after round of tear gas to keep small crowds of protesters away from Parliament in the run-up to the vote and as lawmakers one by one said ‘Yes’ or ‘No,’” read a CNN.com article. Police told the news outlet that at least 19 officers were injured Wednesday, and “dozens” of Greek citizens have gone to hospitals with breathing problems from the tear gas.
“Unions oppose the austerity package, but its backers say it is essential to the stability of the Greek economy, the euro, and the global financial system,” CNN reported. Experts say this austerity package should clear the way for Greece to receive its fifth installment of a bailout from the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and other lenders.