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Striking Greek teachers bring Athens to a halt

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In Greece, strike action by thousands of teachers brought central Athens to a standstill for hours, leaving dozens of foreign tourists struggling with their luggage through gridlocked streets. Police said the 10,000 demonstrators formed the biggest protest of its kind for years.

The teachers are demanding pay rises and accuse the government of reversing pre-election pledges to boost state education budgets. The third week of industrial action has disrupted teaching schedules in thousands of schools across the country. Their union estimates 70 percent of their members have joined the walkout over the past weeks.