Manolis Glezos, second from right, Greek left wing politician and writer, known especially for his participation in the World War II resistance, is attacked by riot police outside the Greek parliament in Athens on March 5. AFP / Getty Images / Aris Messinis
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Greek parliament approved new spending cuts and taxes Friday aimed at defusing the country’s debt crisis, while protesters opposed to the measures fought with police outside. Prime Minister George Papandreou headed abroad to seek European leaders’ support for his efforts. Riot police used tear gas and baton charges to disperse rioters who chased the ceremonial guards in 19th-century kilts and tasseled garters away from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the parliament, while a top trade union leader was roughed up by left-wing protesters. It was the biggest outburst of violence since Greece’s debt crisis escalated late last year. Police say they arrested 5 people, and seven officers were injured. Greece’s financial troubles have shaken the European Union and its shared euro currency, whose rules were supposed to prevent governments from running up too much debt.