Greece: Tens of thousands protest austerity measures

May 5, 2010 15:11

Tens of thousands of outraged Greeks took to the streets Wednesday to protest harsh new spending cuts aimed at saving their country from bankruptcy, as workers walked off the job in a 24-hour nationwide general strike.

The demonstrations in Athens were some of the largest in recent years, with some estimates putting the crowd at about 60,000 people. Government officials put the number at above 25,000. Protesters tried to storm Greece's parliament and hurled paving stones at police, who responded with tear gas.

Violence also broke out in Thessaloniki, where another 20,000 people marched through the city center, with youths smashing windows of stores and fast food restaurants.

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