Protesters Storm German Conference

    Municipal workers gesture during a demonstration against the presence of a German deputy labour minister Hans-Joachim Fuchtel, in Thessaloniki on  November 15, 2012. Protesters reportedly attempted to break into the conference centre that would host a meeting between Greek and German mayors. The protest came after Fuchtel, who is also German Chancellor Angela Merkel's special envoy to Greece, told journalists in the northern port city that it takes 3,000 Greek municipal workers to do the work of 1,000 of their German counterparts. AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis        (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Dozens of anti-austerity protesters stormed into a German conference in Greece on Thursday, throwing coffee on a diplomat and eventually clashing with police. Chanting “Nazis out” and “This will not pass” while also playing Nazi anthems from the loudspeakers, protesters tried to stop municipal workers from entering the building. Riot police chased protesters from building to building through the conference-center complex, although there were no reports of arrests. In response to bailout creditors, the Greek Parliament last week passed new austerity measures that raised the retirement age, cut pensions, increased taxes, and eased restrictions on firing workers.

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