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Greece crippled by general strike


Greece has been paralysed by another general strike as workers protest against planned pension reforms. Proposals to raise the retirement age and cut welfare benefits have been described by unions as a betrayal of the government’s socialist values.

“There is great insecurity about what will happen in our future and that of our children, because the measures they’re trying to pass now don’t seem to be solving the problem,” said this unemployed man in Athens.

The strike grounded flights and froze public transport as lawmakers debated the proposals.

Government offices also closed, while public services such as schools and hopsitals operated with a skeleton staff.

The cuts are a key part of a 110-billion-euro aid package agreed with the EU and the IMF.

Prime Minister George Papandreou has warned Greece’s economy “will fall apart” without the reforms.

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