Greek protests spark violence

Protesters have thrown petrol bombs at police during a nationwide General Strike in Greece. Authorities responded with tear gas to control the crowds in Athens. The strike is in protest at the latest cuts in government spending.

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Greece's trade unions stage 24-hour walkout over government cuts

A man waits to cross a street in front of a banner calling for a 24-hour general strike against austerity measures in Athens, Greece. Credit: Yorgos Karahalis / Reuters

Trade unions in Greece will go on general strike today for the first time since the conservative-led coalition government came to power in June.

The 24-hour walkout is in protest to new government austerity cuts predicted to be more than 11.5bn euros (£9bn).

Schools, hospitals, ferries and government services will all be shut today.

Around 50% of working people in Greece are said to belong to a trade union.

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