Greek Police, Protesters Clash

    Protesters throw petrol bombs at riot police in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on October 19, 2011 at the start of a two-day general strike against a new austerity bill heading for a parliament vote on October 20.. Some 70,000 people converged on the central Syntagma Square, where the parliament is located, in separate protests organized by unions but also joined by unaffiliated Greeks fed up with austerity cuts.
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    Greek police and protesters clashed Wednesday at an anti-austerity demonstration outside the Parliament. At least 14 police officers were reportedly hospitalized Wednesday afternoon as a group of hooded demonstrators threw stones, chunks of marble, and gasoline bombs; police retaliated by releasing tear gas on the crowd. An estimated 100,000 people marched through Athens during the first day of the general strike protesting the government’s vote on harsh new austerity measures meant to cut back on the nation’s debt problem. Aside from the protests, Athens was quiet Wednesday as government departments, businesses, and public services were all shut down, and posters outside stores read, “We are shutting down for the day so that we don’t shut down forever.”

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