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'Enough is enough': Striking Greeks clash with police

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Protesters throw petrol bombs at riot police officers during a 24-hour nationwide general strike in Athens on Oct. 18, 2012.

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Workers shout slogans in front of the Greek Parliament during a general strike in Athens on October 18, 2012. Greek trade unions called a 24-hour general strike to oppose new austerity measures.

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Protesters clash with riot police in Athens on Oct. 18, 2012.

Reuters reports — Greek riot police fired teargas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament on Thursday against a new wave of wage and pension cuts demanded by foreign lenders.

Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets in Athens on the day of a general strike that brought much of the country to a standstill. Tensions rose when protesters began hurling petrol bombs and stones at police blocking off parts of the main square before parliament.

"Enough is enough. They've dug our graves, shoved us in and we are waiting for the priest to read the last words," said Konstantinos Balomenos, a 58-year-old worker at a water utility whose wage has been halved to 900 euros and has two unemployed sons. Read more about the background to Thursday's strike.

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