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Protesters clash with riot police during a 48-hour general strike in Athens on Feb. 10. Greek protesters threw stones and firebombs at riot police who responded with tear gas as clashes erupted on the sidelines of a protest against new austerity cuts.
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A riot policeman kicks a protester who fell during clashes in Athens' Syntagma (Constitution) square, Feb. 10.
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Protesters shout slogans and wave red flags during a general strike protest in Athens, Feb. 10. Greek trade unions called for a 48-hour general strike to oppose new austerity measures.
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Riot police are engulfed in flames during an anti-austerity demonstration in Athens, Greece, Feb. 10. A nationwide 48-hour strike began with Greece's two main umbrella federations GSEE and ADEDY, representing the private and public sectors respectively, in protest of the austerity measures.
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A defaced Bank of Greece sign in Athens, Feb. 10.
Hundreds of protesters in Athens hurled projectiles and firebombs at riot police at the start of a 48-hour strike against the latest austerity measures which include pay and job cuts. The plan includes lowering the minimum wage by 22 percent and cutting 150,000 public sector jobs, in a country where unemployment is already at a record high of 21 percent.
Greece faces bankruptcy and the possibility of falling out of the euro currency union if they don't meet the demands and obtain a bailout. "The choice we face is one of sacrifice or even greater sacrifice — on a scale that cannot be compared," Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Thursday.
Sources: Reuters, AP and and Wall Street Journal.
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