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Topic - Christos Papoutsis
Firefighters doused smoldering buildings and cleanup crews swept rubble from the streets of central Athens on Monday following a night of rioting during which lawmakers approved harsh new austerity measures demanded by bailout creditors to save the nation from bankruptcy.
"What is happening today with Greece is unprecedented," Greek Citizens' Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis, a former European Commissioner said. "The sacrifices of the Greek people are unbearable."
"Any other new demands from our partners make a mockery of our country," he said. "It is raw blackmail of the Greek government and of the political system in Greece. It is a direct insult of Parliament, the basic pillar of Greek democracy. It is a direct insult to the dignity and the pride of the Greek people. Some in Europe forget that behind the numerical targets there are people."