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Athens grinds to halt as public sector workers down tools

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A 24-hour strike has paralysed Athens, with hundreds of thousands of Greek public sector workers taking to the streets to protest at economic reforms. Three separate rallies snaked their way through the capital.

Marchers denounced the conservative government which has pushed through a series of unpopular measures since taking office. These include privatising state-owned firms and effectively cutting public sector wages. The administration claims its reforms are vital to boost state revenues and cut the budget deficit. Schools and hospitals all over the country were among the services hit by industrial action. The lack of public transport in Athens means traffic has been moving at a snail’s pace. Many commuters simply stayed at home. Others relied on taxis.