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 set for a day of conflict over austerity measures

by - Europe Editor

The trade union strike over government austerity measures takes place in Greece today.

It is a fine day in the Greek capital, which is not what the police wanted as big demonstrations are planned for Athens central square.

The protests are the first since the conservative coalition government, led by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras came to power back in June.

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.
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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