Greece: Tens of thousands protest austerity measures

Tensof thousands of outraged Greeks took to the streets Wednesday toprotest harsh new spending cuts aimed at saving their country frombankruptcy, as workers walked off the job in a 24-hour nationwidegeneral strike.

Thedemonstrations in Athens were some of the largest in recent years, withsome estimates putting the crowd at about 60,000 people. Governmentofficials put the number at above 25,000. Protesterstried to storm Greece's parliament and hurled paving stones at police,who responded with tear gas.

Violence also broke out inThessaloniki, where another 20,000 people marched through the citycenter, with youths smashing windows of stores and fast foodrestaurants.
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