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Greece in the grip of anti-austerity demos

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Greece in the grip of anti-austerity demos


Violence has once again hit the streets of the Greek capital as police and protesters clashed during a huge, anti-austerity rally.

Protesters threw petrol bombs while police responded with tear-gas and flash bombs sending hundreds of protesters scrambling for cover.

Two police and five civilians suffered injuries.

A 24-hour strike by public and private sector workers grounded flights, closed schools and left Athens without public transport.

Shops barricaded windows and hotels closed their doors as chants of “we are not paying” echoed round the city.

An estimated 100,000 people, including students and pensioners, gathered outside the parliament to make their opposition to government cuts plain.

The Socialist administration of Prime Minister George Papandreou has cut salaries and pensions and raised taxes, in return for a 110 billion euro bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to pull the country back from the brink of bankruptcy.

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