Greek police fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators outside parliament during a protest over pension and tax reforms. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Greek police fired rounds of tear gas during a protest outside parliament in central Athens on Sunday (May 8) evening where lawmakers were discussing controversial tax and pension reforms. A number of hooded protesters threw petrol bombs at police, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas, forcing crowds to quickly disperse. On Friday (May 6) Greeks went on a 48-hour nation-wide strike against the reforms, as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras appealed to fractious lawmakers to approve the overhaul as part of a multi-billion euro bailout. Lowering its annual pension bill, one of the most expensive in the euro zone, is a condition for Athens to qualify for a fresh installment of the latest international bailout, worth up to 86 billion euros ($98.3 billion), which it agreed to a year ago with its EU partners. The proposed legislation would raise social security contributions, increase income tax for high earners and introduce a new national pension. It would also gradually phase out a top-up pension for low earners.