Greek Protests Turn Violent; Prime Minister Reportedly Offers To Step Aside
"Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police in central Athens Wednesday," The Associated Press writes, "as a major anti-austerity rally degenerated into violence outside parliament, where the struggling government was to seek support for new cutbacks to avoid a disastrous default."
"State-run Net television is reporting that [Prime Minister] George Papandreou said he is prepared to accept the formation of a coalition government, even under the premiership of someone else."
Reuters says it's been told by a "government source" that Papandreou is "willing to step down only if [a] specific framework [and] targets" concerning a new government are agreed to.
The BBC puts things this way:
"Prime Minister George Papandreou faces the risk of a revolt in his Pasok party over the austerity package. He has proposed a unity government to pass the measures, state TV reports."