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Greek government defies protests to approve more austerity

The Acropolis hill with the Parthenon temple is covered with smoke during during a violent demonstration in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

The Acropolis hill with the Parthenon temple is covered with smoke during during a violent demonstration in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main...more

The Acropolis hill with the Parthenon temple is covered with smoke during during a violent demonstration in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A protester, wearing a gas mask, holds a metal bar in a cloud of tear gas during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. Nearly 100,000 Greeks waving flags and chanting "Fight! They're drinking our blood" packed the square outside parliament as lawmakers neared a vote on unpopular budget cuts and labor reforms that the government is narrowly expected to win. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A protester, wearing a gas mask, holds a metal bar in a cloud of tear gas during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. Nearly 100,000 Greeks waving flags and chanting "Fight! They're drinking our blood" packed...more

A protester, wearing a gas mask, holds a metal bar in a cloud of tear gas during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. Nearly 100,000 Greeks waving flags and chanting "Fight! They're drinking our blood" packed the square outside parliament as lawmakers neared a vote on unpopular budget cuts and labor reforms that the government is narrowly expected to win. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Firefighters try to extinguish a bus station booth which was set on fire by angry protesters in front of the parliament in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Firefighters try to extinguish a bus station booth which was set on fire by angry protesters in front of the parliament in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Firefighters try to extinguish a bus station booth which was set on fire by angry protesters in front of the parliament in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A masked protester holds a Molotov cocktail as he faces riot police during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. Nearly 100,000 Greeks waving flags and chanting "Fight! They're drinking our blood" packed the square outside parliament as lawmakers neared a vote on unpopular budget cuts and labor reforms that the government is narrowly expected to win. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A masked protester holds a Molotov cocktail as he faces riot police during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. Nearly 100,000 Greeks waving flags and chanting "Fight! They're drinking our blood" packed the...more

A masked protester holds a Molotov cocktail as he faces riot police during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. Nearly 100,000 Greeks waving flags and chanting "Fight! They're drinking our blood" packed the square outside parliament as lawmakers neared a vote on unpopular budget cuts and labor reforms that the government is narrowly expected to win. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A protester throws railings at riot police during a strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A protester throws railings at riot police during a strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A protester throws railings at riot police during a strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Greek riot police stand amidst gas smoke and flames from molotov cocktails during clashes with protesters during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Greek riot police stand amidst gas smoke and flames from molotov cocktails during clashes with protesters during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons...more

Greek riot police stand amidst gas smoke and flames from molotov cocktails during clashes with protesters during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at riot police during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at riot police during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into...more

A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at riot police during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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A masked protester throws a Molotov cocktail at riot police during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A masked protester throws a Molotov cocktail at riot police during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A masked protester throws a Molotov cocktail at riot police during a violent demonstration in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at a riot police water cannon during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at a riot police water cannon during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who...more

A protestor throws a molotov cocktail at a riot police water cannon during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A protestor kicks away a gas canister during clashes with riot police during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A protestor kicks away a gas canister during clashes with riot police during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters...more

A protestor kicks away a gas canister during clashes with riot police during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an austerity package needed to secure vital international aid, but it still faced internal dissent and angry protests ahead of a final vote. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an...more

Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an austerity package needed to secure vital international aid, but it still faced internal dissent and angry protests ahead of a final vote. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A man walks through an empty train station in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A man walks through an empty train station in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an...more

A man walks through an empty train station in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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A protester carries flags of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain as he braves a rainstorm in front of riot police guarding the parliament in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A protester carries flags of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain as he braves a rainstorm in front of riot police guarding the parliament in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A protester carries flags of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain as he braves a rainstorm in front of riot police guarding the parliament in Syntagma square in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an austerity package needed to secure vital international aid, but it still faced internal dissent and angry protests ahead of a final vote. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an...more

Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an austerity package needed to secure vital international aid, but it still faced internal dissent and angry protests ahead of a final vote. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Protestors gather in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attends a parliament session in Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package.The violence erupted as a handful of protesters tried to break through a barricade to enter parliament, where Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to barely eke out a win for the belt-tightening law despite opposition from a coalition partner. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attends a parliament session in Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a...more

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attends a parliament session in Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas and water cannons to disperse thousands of protesters who flooded into the main square before parliament on Wednesday in a massive show of anger against lawmakers due to narrowly pass an austerity package.The violence erupted as a handful of protesters tried to break through a barricade to enter parliament, where Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to barely eke out a win for the belt-tightening law despite opposition from a coalition partner. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE A protestor waves Greek flag in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones outside parliament, where lawmakers were due to vote on a package of deeply unpopular austerity cuts on Wednesday. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE A protestor waves Greek flag in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse...more

REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE A protestor waves Greek flag in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones outside parliament, where lawmakers were due to vote on a package of deeply unpopular austerity cuts on Wednesday. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A protestor waves Greek flag in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones outside parliament, where lawmakers were due to vote on a package of deeply unpopular austerity cuts on Wednesday. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A protestor waves Greek flag in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and...more

A protestor waves Greek flag in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones outside parliament, where lawmakers were due to vote on a package of deeply unpopular austerity cuts on Wednesday. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Protestors hold anti-government banner in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones outside parliament, where lawmakers were due to vote on a package of deeply unpopular austerity cuts on Wednesday. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Protestors hold anti-government banner in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol...more

Protestors hold anti-government banner in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. Greek police fired teargas to disperse protesters throwing petrol bombs and stones outside parliament, where lawmakers were due to vote on a package of deeply unpopular austerity cuts on Wednesday. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A protestor raises flags of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an austerity package needed to secure vital international aid, but it still faced internal dissent and angry protests ahead of a final vote. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A protestor raises flags of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on...more

A protestor raises flags of Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain in front of the parliament in Syntagma square during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. The Greek government overcame divisions on Wednesday to defeat an early challenge to an austerity package needed to secure vital international aid, but it still faced internal dissent and angry protests ahead of a final vote. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Municipality workers shout anti-government slogans as dozens of striking workers have occupied the Ministry of Interior in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Municipality workers shout anti-government slogans as dozens of striking workers have occupied the Ministry of Interior in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to...more

Municipality workers shout anti-government slogans as dozens of striking workers have occupied the Ministry of Interior in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at a riot police water cannon during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at a riot police water cannon during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at a riot police water cannon during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A protester is hit by a riot police water cannon during a strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A protester is hit by a riot police water cannon during a strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A protester is hit by a riot police water cannon during a strike by the two major Greek workers unions in central Athens November 7, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A man walks through an empty commercial street in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A man walks through an empty commercial street in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an...more

A man walks through an empty commercial street in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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A man walks through an empty shopping arcade in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A man walks through an empty shopping arcade in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an...more

A man walks through an empty shopping arcade in Athens November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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A police car drives through one of Athens' usually busiest avenues in front of the parliament in Syntagma square November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A police car drives through one of Athens' usually busiest avenues in front of the parliament in Syntagma square November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own...more

A police car drives through one of Athens' usually busiest avenues in front of the parliament in Syntagma square November 7, 2012 during a 48-hour strike by the two major Greek workers unions. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Two women walk in front of an immobilised ferry during a 48-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens November 7, 2012. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Two women walk in front of an immobilised ferry during a 48-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens November 7, 2012. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity...more

Two women walk in front of an immobilised ferry during a 48-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens November 7, 2012. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A man sits at the entrance of an immobilised ferry during a 48-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens November 7, 2012. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man sits at the entrance of an immobilised ferry during a 48-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens November 7, 2012. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an...more

A man sits at the entrance of an immobilised ferry during a 48-hour strike at the port of Piraeus, near Athens November 7, 2012. Greece's ruling coalition hopes to overcome its own divisions and defy protestors on Wednesday to push through an austerity package needed to secure aid and avert bankruptcy. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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