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Thousands March In Greece To Protest Austerity Measures

A 24-hour general strike has brought most public services to a halt in Greece as thousands marched in the capital to protest harsh austerity measures introduced by the government.

Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse youths throwing stones and petrol bombs in central Athens.

The strike and the protests came as European Union and International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials are in Athens for talks on the government austerity program aimed at keeping the country solvent.

Greece last year received 110 billion euros ($158 billion) in rescue loans over three years from the EU and the IMF, but there has been increasing speculation that the country may need billions more if it is to avoid defaulting on part of its massive debts.

compiled from agency reports