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May 2, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of people joined May Day marches across the world Saturday, as police and protestors clashed in debt-riven Greece and a bomb killed a World War II veteran in Russia.

In Athens several dozen youths, some armed with sticks, charged a line of anti-riot forces, prompting police to respond with tear gas as thousands of protestors swarmed the city to protest budget cuts forced by the debt crisis.

Police said about 15,000 people joined the Athens marches to vent anger at deep budget cuts which will hit public sector workers particularly hard.

“It’s the biggest attack on workers for centuries. They want to return us to the nineteenth century,” said one protestor, printer Ericos Finalis.

In the northern city of Thessaloniki, police also fired tear gas at youths who attacked banks and businesses using iron bars during a protest that police said drew about 5,000 people.

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