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Clashes in Athens at Anti-Austerity March

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TEHRAN, Feb 24 (ICANA) – Tens of thousands of workers, pensioners and students marched to the parliament in protest at austerity policies imposed by the governing socialist party.
Thursday, February 24, 2011 11:53:36 AM
Clashes in Athens at Anti-Austerity March
The government of Prime Minister George Papandreou has agreed to the austerity measures in return for bailout loans worth 110 billion euros, offered by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. But its policies are met with strong opposition In front of the parliament, protesters set up a coffin and unfolded a black banner reading "We are dying". Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs and stones against them. The Constitution square and several central streets were choked with tear gas. According to police, at least two policemen and five civilians were injured, including a journalist slightly hurt by a petrol bomb. Several protesters were detained. The Greek government is determined to go on with the reforms. But the anger among many Greeks is palpable.
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