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Greece paralysed by mass strike against reforms

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Greece has once again been paralysed by a nationwide strike that brought air, rail and ferry traffic to a halt.

Hundreds of thousands of Greeks took part in the general stoppage to protest against the conservative government’s reform plans.

Across the country, state hospitals functioned with emergency staff while state schools, universities, post offices and many banks were closed.

“Capitalism, which defines this crisis, has become dangerous for workers and their job security,” said one demonstrator.

While one protest in the capital Athens passed off peacefully, scuffles broke out at a separate rally between riot police and youths throwing stones.

Protestors are demanding the 700 euro minimum wage be doubled. They also oppose the government’s unpopular pension reform plans as well as a recent rescue package aimed at the banking sector.