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Greek Workers Strike Against Austerity


Greek protesters clashed with riot police protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens on October 9.

Greek protesters clashed with riot police protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens on October 9.

Greek workers have walked off the job for the second time in three weeks to protest a new wave of wage and pension cuts.

Streets emptied in downtown Athens as most business and public sector activity stopped at the start of the 24-hour strike called by the country's two biggest labour unions.

Greece, which is mired in its worst downturn since World War II, is preparing 11.5 billion euros in cuts in an effort to meet the requirements of the "troika" of lenders -- the European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF -- and secure the next installment of its 130 billion-euro bailout.

Ships are staying in port, Athens public transport are disrupted, and hospitals are working on emergency staff, while public offices, ministries, and shops including bakeries are shut.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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