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Rioters Set Fire to 45 Buildings in Athens Austerity Protest

BusinessWeek – Feb 13, 2012
 Rioters set fire to as many as 45 buildings during violent street protests against government austerity measures in central Athens late yesterday and overnight, Greek police said.
A total of 170 businesses in Athens suffered attacks during the protests, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today in a statement on its website. Initial estimates put the cost of damage to buildings and equipment as well as from theft at tens of millions of euros, the chamber said.
Several national heritage sites were burned including a neoclassical building from 1870-1881, designed by German architect Ernst Ziller, which was gutted by fire, according to an e-mailed statement from the Athens City Hall.

European Leaders ‘Confident’ Greece Meeting Bailout Demands
BusinessWeek – 4 hours ago

By Tony Czuczka and Patrick Donahue (Updates with Merkel comment in fourth paragraph. See EXT4 for more on the European debt crisis.

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