The latest demonstrations against austerity measures in Greece have led to scuffles between protesters and police.
Some four thousand officers were deployed to protect parliament and government ministries. Thousands of people gathered in central Athens amid a general strike, the second major walkout in three weeks.
Many want to send a clear message to EU leaders saying ‘no’ to further austerity. Ships stayed in port, public transport in the capital was disrupted, hospitals were operating on emergency-only, while public offices and many shops have remained closed.
Several marches were planned to coincide with the 24-hour stoppage, called by the two largest unions.
Greece is planning 11.5 billion euros of cuts to secure its next tranche of bailout aid.
With the country due to run out of money next month, the government feels it has little choice but to implement the cuts, which include a drastic reduction in welfare and health spending.