(ASSOCIATED PRESS) Europe’s fragile financial calm was shattered Wednesday as investors worried that violent anti-austerity protests in Greece and Spain’s debt troubles showed that the region still cannot get a grip on its financial crisis and stabilize its common currency, the euro.

Police fired tear gas at rioters hurling gasoline bombs and chunks of marble Wednesday during Greece’s largest anti-austerity demonstration in six months — part of a 24-hour general strike that was a test for the nearly four-month old coalition government and the new spending cuts it plans to push through.

The brief but intense clashes by a couple of hundred rioters participating in the demonstration of more than 60,000 people came a day after anti-austerity protests rocked the Spanish capital, Madrid.

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