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The morning after the night before: Greeks wake up to an austere future

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Pedestrians cover their faces as they stand among marble pieces and debris after clashes erupted Sunday, in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

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The burnt structures included the neo-classical home to the Attikon cinema dating from 1870. "We are all very angry with these measures but this is not the way out," said Dimitris Hatzichristos, 30, a public sector worker surveying the debris.

Msnbc.com news services report from ATHENS, Greece — 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.

At least 45 buildings were burned, including one of the capital's oldest restored cinemas, while dozens of stores and cafes were smashed and looted.

"Night of terror inside and outside the parliament," conservative daily Eleftheros Typos wrote on its front page. Read the full story.

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People stand in a vandalised shop in central Athens on Feb. 13, 2012.

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Damaged buildings in Athens on Feb. 13, 2012. The violent clashes, the worst Greece has seen in decades, caused irreparable damage in Athens after demonstrators set fire to buildings and looted their way through dozens of shops at the weekend, the mayor of Athens said.

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People walk past graffiti which reads "Rob to gain money" on a wall of the central bank of Greece in Athens on Feb. 13, 2012.