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Violence in Athens after Greek austerity vote

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    Athens, Greece (CNN) -- Violence broke out briefly between police and demonstrators here Thursday night, hours after Greek lawmakers approved an unpopular package of budget-cutting measures.

    Thousands of demonstrators had gathered in front of Parliament to show their anger, and as dusk fell bottles were thrown at police, who responded with tear gas and pepper spray, said CNN's Diana Magnay, who was at the scene.

    The government is cutting public-sector salaries, raising the retirement age for women in the public sector and imposing new taxes in order to secure billions of euros in loans from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

    Crowds dispersed quickly, Magnay said.

    Four people were arrested, police said.

    Demonstrations Thursday were smaller and generally more peaceful than a day earlier, when general strikes turned violent and three people were killed when a bank was fire bombed.

    Bad all around. And I know we have at least one MW member in Athens, who I've been thinking about the past few days. Hope she's ok.