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Wednesday
Dec152010

Riots, Strike in Greece Over Austerity Cuts

Photo Courtesy - Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images(ATHENS, Greece) -- Riots broke out in Athens Wednesday, as thousands of Greeks took to the streets to protest Parliament's approval of new austerity cuts.

Demonstrators squared off with riot squads outside of Parliament, facing rounds of tear gas, while firing back at police with rocks.  The anti-austerity marchers are against the new labor reforms and say the cuts will force people to lose their jobs.

The spending cuts are required under the 110-billion-euro bailout agreement Greece made with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to be saved from going bankrupt.

Along with the protest, Greece is also facing a general strike that is causing flights to be grounded, factories to be closed and disruptions to schools and mass-transit systems.

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