Lithuanian police attack crisis demonstrators


This video from Lithuania is called Vilnius demo 20090116.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Police attack protests

(Friday 16 January 2009)

POLICE used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse anti-government protesters throwing rocks and eggs at Lithuania‘s parliament on Friday.

About 7,000 people gathered outside the parliament to demonstrate against unpopular reforms aimed at staving off recession in the Baltic state.

The violence started when police pushed away protesters who had approached the building demanding to talk to the parliamentary speaker.

One police officer and several other people were injured in the clashes. One protester lost a finger after being hit by a rubber bullet.

Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius’s centre-right coalition, which has been in power less than two months, has been criticised for unpopular tax increases introduced to shore up government finances.

The Finance Ministry declared that it intended to borrow 1 billion euros (£900m) from the European Investment Bank to decrease its budget deficit.

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