June 15 - A day of violent protest against further austerity measures, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou addressed the nation and announced he will reshuffle his cabinet on Thursday. Jon Decker reports.
In central Athens, clashes by hooded youths and police spilled into a protest camp on Wednesday causing a stampede of people after panicked demonstrators trampled into the tented area to escape the violence. Concussion grenades boomed around the square and plumes of smoke rose above the square as police fired tear gas and fought running skirmishes with scores of youths who fought back with rocks and long clubs. Police said seven protesters and two officers were slightly injured and they had detained 40 people. They said the crowd numbered around 30,000. Meanwhile, after a day of violent protest against further austerity measures, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou addressed the nation and announced he will reshuffle his cabinet on Thursday. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER GEORGE PAPANDREOU SAYING: "We are at a historically crucial moment and at a critical time for decisions and I believe that national consensus is important for the country's interest. Even today, I am communicating with the leaders of other parties towards this direction." Papandreou's announcement that he would seek support in a vote of confidence came a day after Greek workers of all ages and professions marched on parliament in Athens to vent their anger at the country's politicians and their plans to further cut back benefits and services. Jon Decker, Reuters.