As violence erupts in Athens, Anonymous takes down Greek government Web sites

As Greece’s parliament approved austerity measures Monday, whole swaths of Athens burned.


Protesters pass by a burning cinema in Athens on Sunday. (Kostas Tsironis/AP)

Hacker collective Anonymous reacted to the cuts, too, taking down the Web sites of Greece's prime minister, the police and parliament, the International Business Times reports. As of this writing, those sites were back up.


View Photo Gallery: Cutbacks demanded by international lenders have led to a public backlash, with tens of thousands of Greeks flooding into the main squares of cities across the country.

The Post’s Michael Birnbaum reports on the spending cuts:

“The measures, which will slash the minimum wage, trim a fifth of government workers and slash entitlement spending, are wrenchingly unpopular in a country already seized by 21 percent unemployment and dim prospects for the future. But European leaders say that Greece will eventually go bankrupt — even with the new $182 billion bailout — if it does not make the changes they are requiring.”

Much of the rioting Sunday took place just outside the parliament building, where tear gas from the protests seeped inside. At one point, a Communist Party lawmaker hurled the thick austerity measures bill across the room.

“The people [have] sent a message: Enough is enough!” Ilias Iliopoulos, general secretary of a public sector union, told Reuters. “They can’t take it anymore.” 

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