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Greeks strike over spending cuts before crucial vote

A protester stands in front of a banner during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament in Athens November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A protester stands in front of a banner during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament in Athens November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A protester stands in front of a banner during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament in Athens November 6, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march outside the parliament during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march outside the parliament during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of...more

Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march outside the parliament during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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Protesters shout slogans during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament in Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Protesters shout slogans during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament in Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that...more

Protesters shout slogans during an anti-austerity rally in front of the parliament in Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A passenger looks at an announcement board inside the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport a few hours before a work stoppage by flight controllers begins in Athens November 6, 2012. Greek workers begin a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A passenger looks at an announcement board inside the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport a few hours before a work stoppage by flight controllers begins in Athens November 6, 2012. Greek workers begin a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against...more

A passenger looks at an announcement board inside the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport a few hours before a work stoppage by flight controllers begins in Athens November 6, 2012. Greek workers begin a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts...more

Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A couple of tourists walk past the closed Hadrian's Library archaeological site in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A couple of tourists walk past the closed Hadrian's Library archaeological site in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor...more

A couple of tourists walk past the closed Hadrian's Library archaeological site in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A man stands in front of a closed tram station in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Costas Baltas

A man stands in front of a closed tram station in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to...more

A man stands in front of a closed tram station in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Costas Baltas
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A homeless woman leaves food for a stray dog at a small street of Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A homeless woman leaves food for a stray dog at a small street of Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a...more

A homeless woman leaves food for a stray dog at a small street of Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A man sweeps a pavement next to a graffiti in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A man sweeps a pavement next to a graffiti in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to...more

A man sweeps a pavement next to a graffiti in Athens November 6, 2012. Thousands of Greek workers began a 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest a new round of austerity cuts that unions say will devastate the poor and drive a failing economy to collapse. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march outside the parliament during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march outside the parliament during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of...more

Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march outside the parliament during a rally in central Athens November 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly a day later. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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People wait at a bus station outside of a closed metro station during a 24-hour strike against the government's austerity measures, halting services on the metro, railway and city trains in Athens November 5, 2012. Greece's government will present a new austerity package to parliament on Monday, facing a week of strikes and protests over proposals which must win deputies' approval if the country is to secure more aid and stave off bankruptcy. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

People wait at a bus station outside of a closed metro station during a 24-hour strike against the government's austerity measures, halting services on the metro, railway and city trains in Athens November 5, 2012. Greece's government will present a...more

People wait at a bus station outside of a closed metro station during a 24-hour strike against the government's austerity measures, halting services on the metro, railway and city trains in Athens November 5, 2012. Greece's government will present a new austerity package to parliament on Monday, facing a week of strikes and protests over proposals which must win deputies' approval if the country is to secure more aid and stave off bankruptcy. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A man stands at the entrance of a closed metro station during a 24-hour strike against the government's austerity measures, halting services on the metro, railway and city trains in Athens November 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man stands at the entrance of a closed metro station during a 24-hour strike against the government's austerity measures, halting services on the metro, railway and city trains in Athens November 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man stands at the entrance of a closed metro station during a 24-hour strike against the government's austerity measures, halting services on the metro, railway and city trains in Athens November 5, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A passenger walks inside the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport a few hours before a work stoppage by flight controllers begins in Athens November 6, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A passenger walks inside the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport a few hours before a work stoppage by flight controllers begins in Athens November 6, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A passenger walks inside the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport a few hours before a work stoppage by flight controllers begins in Athens November 6, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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