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May 11, 2011 1:57 pm

Riots, General Strike Hits Greece

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WSJ – A largely peaceful protest Wednesday by tens of thousands of Greeks against new government austerity measures was marred by violence in central Athens late in the day, when hundreds of youths wearing ski masks hurled water bottles, firecrackers and other objects at police who responded with tear gas and pepper spray.

Still, the protest was restrained by the standards of recent Greek actions, coming almost exactly one year after a mass demonstration left three bank workers dead.

Police estimated a modest turnout in the capital of some 20,000 people, while organizers put the number at around 30,000. The protest was backed by a nationwide general strike that effectively shut down most government operations

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