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Greek Police Clash with Protesters

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TEHRAN, May 11 (ICANA) – In Greece, at least five people have been injured in clashes between protesters and police forces during the one-day general strike staged by labor unions against austerity measures.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:00:56 PM
Greek Police Clash with Protesters

On Wednesday, at least three protesters and two policemen were injured as riot police used teargas and stun grenades in attempts to break up crowds near the Parliament Building in Athens, AP reported.

According to Athens police, about 24 people suspected of causing riots have been detained after protests rallies that paralyzed public transportation for hours.

Hundreds of thousands of civil servants, teachers, hospital staff, and journalists went on strike to voice their opposition to new budget-cutting policies aimed to rescue Greece's troubled economy.

The walk-out came a day after international debt inspectors headed to Athens to assess the country's financial and economic progress and to determine whether Greece meets the conditions to receive the next bailout.

The European Union and the International Monetary Fund granted a USD 158-billion loan to the troubled state in 2010.

The bailout loan saved Greece from the brink of default. However, Athens was obliged to implement a strict austerity package, including the cutting of public sector salary and pensions, increasing taxes and overhauling the pension system, to survive.

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