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Greeks continue 48-hour national strike over austerity measures

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Police try to dispearse protesters from the front of the Greek parliament during the 48-hour anti-austerity strike on Feb. 11. Protesters massed in Greece under heavy police watch Saturday after the government approved unpopular austerity cuts to get vital rescue funds and avoid the "chaos" of a default.


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A protester covered with a Greek flag sits in front of the Greek Parliament during a rally in central Athens, Greece, Feb. 11. During a planned vote on Feb. 12, the Greek Parliament will be asked to decide on the new bailout deal for Greece in the form of three separate articles. Greek trade unions meanwhile called for a 48-hour general strike and three days of mobilizations in protest of the new memorandum agreed with the creditors.

Debt-stricken Greece does not have the money to cover a €14.5 billion bond repayment on March 20, and must reach a vital debt-relief deal with private bond investors before then. The country's woes have threatened its future in the 17-country zone that uses the euro currency.

The Europeans are waiting to see Greece finally act on their commitments.

"If the right course is now set sustainably in Athens, Greece can count on our support — but only then," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was quoted as telling the weekly Der Spiegel. -- Reported by the Associated Press

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Medics try to help an anti-austerity protester who lies unconscious after he was injured by police in front of the parliament in Athens, Feb. 11, during a demonstration on the second day of a 48-hour strike by Greek workers unions.