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Protesters gather in front of Greece's parliament as lawmakers consider austerity measures

Petros Giannakouris / AP

A protester waves a Greek flag during a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on Wednesday.

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Protesters gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma Square in central Athens on Wednesday.

Reuters reports: Protesters gathered near Greece's parliament Wednesday on the second day of a nationwide strike that has halted public transport, shut schools, banks and government offices, and caused garbage to pile up on streets. Backed by the leftist opposition, unions say austerity measures being considered by the Greek government will hit the poor and spare the wealthy, while deepening a five-year recession that has wiped out a fifth of the country's output and driven unemployment to 25 percent. Full Story

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Petros Giannakouris / AP

Protesters shout slogans in front of the parliament in Athens.

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A protestor throws a Molotov cocktail at riot police during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens on Nov. 7. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package.

Petros Giannakouris / AP

Fire fighters sprays water onto a burning bus ticket kiosk near the parliament, seen in background, during clashes in Athens on Nov. 7. Greece's fragile coalition government faces its toughest test so far when lawmakers vote later Wednesday on new painful austerity measures demanded to keep the country afloat, on the second day of a nationwide general strike. The $17.3 billion package is expected to scrape through Parliament, following a hasty one-day debate. But potential defections could severely weaken the conservative-led coalition formed in June with the intention of keeping Greece in the euro.

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