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Clashes in Greece at anti-austerity march

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Clashes in Greece at anti-austerity march


Violence has erupted in Athens during a protest at government austerity measures.

Hooded youths attacked police with stones and Molotov cocktails. Security forces responded with tear gas.

Peaceful demonstrators had turned out in their thousands to denounce the latest moves to cut the giant Greek budget deficit.

“They are destroying our lives. They are really destroying our lives with these measures,” said pensioner Helen Hollidou, taking part in the rally.

“The only thing that changes is that people are getting poorer,” said a fellow protester, a student who gave his name as Nikos. “Whatever has been accomplished in the past for workers’ rights is now being taken away, little by little.”

The protests coincided with a nationwide 24-hour strike which brought much of Greece to a halt, with major disruption to ferries, flights, hospitals, schools and other public services.

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