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Clashes erupt at Greek anti-austerity protests

A petrol bomb, thrown by protesters, explodes near riot police during a violent protest in Athens' Syntagma square October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A petrol bomb, thrown by protesters, explodes near riot police during a violent protest in Athens' Syntagma square October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a...more

A petrol bomb, thrown by protesters, explodes near riot police during a violent protest in Athens' Syntagma square October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Riot policemen advance next to a Greek Orthodox priest during an anti-austerity rally in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Riot policemen advance next to a Greek Orthodox priest during an anti-austerity rally in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that...more

Riot policemen advance next to a Greek Orthodox priest during an anti-austerity rally in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A petrol bomb, thrown by protesters, flies through the air towards riot police during a violent protest in Athens' Syntagma square October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A petrol bomb, thrown by protesters, flies through the air towards riot police during a violent protest in Athens' Syntagma square October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on...more

A petrol bomb, thrown by protesters, flies through the air towards riot police during a violent protest in Athens' Syntagma square October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A couple sits at the entrance of an immobilised ferry boat during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A couple sits at the entrance of an immobilised ferry boat during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU...more

A couple sits at the entrance of an immobilised ferry boat during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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An immobilised ferry is seen reflected on a window during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

An immobilised ferry is seen reflected on a window during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders...more

An immobilised ferry is seen reflected on a window during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A cyclist (bottom) passes in front of immobilised ferries during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A cyclist (bottom) passes in front of immobilised ferries during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU...more

A cyclist (bottom) passes in front of immobilised ferries during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A commuter sleeps on a bench during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A commuter sleeps on a bench during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a...more

A commuter sleeps on a bench during a 24-hour labour strike in the port of Piraeus, near Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A passenger stands in front of a closed entrance of a suburban railway station at the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A passenger stands in front of a closed entrance of a suburban railway station at the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show...more

A passenger stands in front of a closed entrance of a suburban railway station at the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers will walk off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen the plight of a people worn down by five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A commuter waits inside a city train station during a work stoppage in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A commuter waits inside a city train station during a work stoppage in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and...more

A commuter waits inside a city train station during a work stoppage in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Flames from a molotov cocktail flare up near Greek riot police at a protest march by Greece's Communist party in central Athens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Flames from a molotov cocktail flare up near Greek riot police at a protest march by Greece's Communist party in central Athens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on...more

Flames from a molotov cocktail flare up near Greek riot police at a protest march by Greece's Communist party in central Athens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Greek riot police avoid flames from two molotov cocktails during a protest march by Greece's Communist party in central Anthens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Greek riot police avoid flames from two molotov cocktails during a protest march by Greece's Communist party in central Anthens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on...more

Greek riot police avoid flames from two molotov cocktails during a protest march by Greece's Communist party in central Anthens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Members of Greece's Communist Party are seen trough Greek flags as they take part in a march during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Members of Greece's Communist Party are seen trough Greek flags as they take part in a march during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU...more

Members of Greece's Communist Party are seen trough Greek flags as they take part in a march during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A woman applauds members of Greece's Communist Party as she walks past riot police during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A woman applauds members of Greece's Communist Party as she walks past riot police during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders...more

A woman applauds members of Greece's Communist Party as she walks past riot police during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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General view of Greece's Communist party march in central Anthens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

General view of Greece's Communist party march in central Anthens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a...more

General view of Greece's Communist party march in central Anthens during a 24-hour labour strike October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A man with Greek flag walks through line of Greek riot police during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A man with Greek flag walks through line of Greek riot police during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike...more

A man with Greek flag walks through line of Greek riot police during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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REFILE - ADDING CITY An overhead view of Greece's Communist party march during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

REFILE - ADDING CITY An overhead view of Greece's Communist party march during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in...more

REFILE - ADDING CITY An overhead view of Greece's Communist party march during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek workers walked off the job for the second time in three weeks on Thursday, hoping to show EU leaders meeting in Brussels that a new wave of wage and pension cuts will only worsen their plight after five years of recession. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A man covers his face to protect himself from teargas on a central luxury hotel's balcony during an anti-austerity rally in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man covers his face to protect himself from teargas on a central luxury hotel's balcony during an anti-austerity rally in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on...more

A man covers his face to protect himself from teargas on a central luxury hotel's balcony during an anti-austerity rally in Athens October 18, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse anti-austerity protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs on the day of a general strike that brought much of the near-bankrupt country to a standstill. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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