07/01/2011 02:07 pm ET | Updated Aug 31, 2011

Greek Austerity Protests: A Close-Up View Of The Athens Demonstrations (PHOTOS)

Though not as massive in scope as those in Tunisia and Egypt, Athens' austerity protests have nonetheless been nicknamed the "Greek Spring" in an effort to draw parallels to the demonstrations which toppled leaders in the former nations.

Though lawmakers backed the controversial austerity measures to stave off national bankruptcy earlier this week, the mood in Athens nonetheless remains volatile, with more than 300 people left injured after the protests. "We are living in Greece through very rough — extremely rough — times. And this means that democratic governments must make hard choices in the name of protecting their people and moving their societies forward," Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou is quoted by the AP as saying Friday.

Athens-based writer Maria Kostaki took to the streets of her home city this week, capturing poignant scenes of the violent protests and their aftermath.

Take a look at some of Kostaki's photos below. You can find more of her work on her website.

Greek Protests Photos