Angry Greek citizens have taken to the streets. Clashes between police and rioters happened as the Greek parliament sits to ratify the recent bailout deal offered by Prime Minister Alex Tsipras and his Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos.

Groups of up to 12,000 hurled rocks, smashed storefronts, and clashed with riot police on the streets of Athens.

The police responded with tear gas, detaining more than 50 peo0ple.

The Greek people are angry at Prime Minister’s Tsipras’s capitulation to the reforms insisted upon by the EU. The Greeks voted against such measures on July 5th, only to find their government agreeing to them despite the result.

“Our government is a government of traitors,” said Arsenikos Pappas, 35. “We voted ‘No’ then Tsipras signs up to even worse conditions. It’s madness.”

“People are angry,” said one man wanting only to be known as Maximos. “Yes, Tsipras had a choice, he chose to lie to us.; This is the result.. We said ‘No’, we meant ‘No’.”

The Greek parliament is expected to endorse the measures agreed upon by their Prime Minister. These include consumer tax increases and pension reforms that will submerge the citizens of Greece in almost another decade of austerity and hardship.

But it is not only the Greek citizens who are angered by the apparent backflip.

The left-wing Syriza party has been ripped in two, with many party members in open revolt against its leaders.

Finance Minister Euclid Tsakoalotos said, “I must tell you that Monday morning at 9:30, was the most difficult day of my life. It was a decision that will weigh on me for the rest of my life.

“I don’t know if we did the right thig. But I know we did something with the sense that we had no choice. Nothing was certain and nothing is.”

Civil servants have gone on a 24-hour strike that paralysed the public transport system.

The alternate Finance Minister, Nadia Valavani, resigned from her post in disgust. She wrote the Priome Minister a letter in which she blamed ‘dominant circles in Germany’ for being intent on ‘the full humiliation of the government and the country.’

The secretary-general of the economy’s ministry, Manos Manousakis, has also resigned in protest over the agreement.

The Syriza party holds government through a coalition of small right-wing independents. Of the 162 seats held by the coalition more than 30 of them oppose the agreement.

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