Demonstrators protesting job cuts in Greece scuffle with riot police outside finance ministry

Scuffles have broken out between demonstrators and police outside the finance ministry in central Athens, as Greece's international debt inspectors met with ministers to discuss the pace of fiscal reforms.

Friday's demonstrators, mainly finance ministry cleaning ladies, school guards and municipal workers, were protesting job cuts required under Greece's bailout agreement. They attempted to block a major avenue in the capital's main Syntagma Square outside the ministry and jostled with riot police, who used small amounts of pepper spray.

Earlier, authorities had detained more than a dozen protesters who attempted to enter another nearby government ministry.

Since mid-2010, Greece has been dependent on billions of euros in rescue loans from other European Union countries that use the euro and from the International Monetary Fund.