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Protests Build Up In Greece Against Austerity Measures

A giant banner protesting Greece's austerity measures hangs near the Parthenon on Acropolis hill in Athens.
Greek public-sector workers have begun two days of strikes and protests against government-proposed austerity measures.

The civil servants' protests today come ahead of a general strike on May 5 against the measures the government agreed to implement in exchange for a 110 billion-euro ($145 billion) rescue package from the European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

A group of communist protesters today draped a giant banner calling on "people of Europe" to rise up against austerity cuts.

On May 3, a group of teachers interrupted the state television's evening news to demand jobs.

The Greek government wants to push the austerity package through parliament this week.

Meanwhile, Germany's finance minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, warned that Greece must adhere rigidly to its austerity plan, or loans from the 15 other states using the euro and the IMF would stop.

Germany is the biggest contributor to the loan package, without which Greece would default on its massive debt.

compiled from agency reports