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Strike Paralyzes Greece; Protests Turn Violent

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Reuters
March 11, 2010

Greek public and private sector workers went on strike on Thursday, grounding flights, shutting schools and halting public transport in the second nationwide walkout in two weeks in protest against austerity plans.

Athens’ streets echoed with loud-speakers blaring slogans calling for the rich to pay for a severe debt crisis, as thousands marched against cuts in civil servants’ income, tax hikes, a pension freeze and increase in the retirement age.

“No sacrifice for the rich!” protesters chanted, beating drums and holding banners reading: “Where did the money go?”

Greek police fired teargas at groups of stone-throwing youths in central Athens.

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