Professor Dimitris Dalakoglou belittled the 12,000 people who demonstrated in Athens and the other 6,000 protesters in Thessaloniki, claiming their clashes will not affect the government's incoming economic policies.
Greek expert said the violent austerity protests in Greece were 'pointless'
The reality is that unless the people storm the parliament there will be no real difference
While Professor Dalakoglou acknowledged the protests illuminated the decaying state of Greek society and highlighted the public's distrust of politicians, but he insisted nothing will change.
He said: “The reality is that unless the people storm the parliament there will be no real difference there. However, what you can see is a symbol and example of what is going on right now in Greek society.
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Protesters clash with riot police during a protest at Syntagma square, in Athens, Greece, 17 May 2017
“It is more relevant, what happens outside the parliament than what happens inside, because the government has no consent, and the political parties have no consent, so whatever they vote the society believes that they are all the same, they all are the same policy with a different name.”
The protests erupted a day before a new round of austerity cuts were set to be implemented.
Overall, the bill to be approved on Thursday night entails £4.2 billion (€4.9 billion) in cuts from 2018-2021, according to Greek state media.
Hooded youths smashed the windows of a TV van and threw a firebomb at police, who responded with bursts of tear gas.
Two people were detained and one arrested by the police in the aftermath of the clashes. Law enforcement agencies reportedly confiscated an axe and a hammer from the arrested man.
Protests continued throughout the night in Athens as protestors threw firebombs at police
Greek police hurled tear gas at protestors
Professor Dimitris added: “These people rioting and clashing with the police outside the parliament right now and protesting for the last two days, during the general strike yesterday, are the important political agent of the moment in Greece.”
The clashes erupted as Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras delivered a speech in parliament defending the controversial proposed legislation.
The legislation is a part of measures to convince international creditors to release a £7.43 billion (€7.5 billion) bailout and grant Greece further debt relief.