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Thousands of Greeks rally in anti-austerity strike

Protesters march during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Protesters march during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports,...more

Protesters march during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Riot police run by closed shops after protesters threw a petrol bomb following an anti-austerity march during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

Riot police run by closed shops after protesters threw a petrol bomb following an anti-austerity march during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike...more

Riot police run by closed shops after protesters threw a petrol bomb following an anti-austerity march during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
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Anti-austerity protesters march through Athens' central Syntagma square during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Greek workers walked off the job on Wednesday in a nationwide protest against wage cuts and high taxes, keeping ferries docked in ports, shutting state schools and leaving hospitals working with emergency staff. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Anti-austerity protesters march through Athens' central Syntagma square during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Greek workers walked off the job on Wednesday in a nationwide protest against wage cuts and high taxes, keeping ferries docked in...more

Anti-austerity protesters march through Athens' central Syntagma square during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Greek workers walked off the job on Wednesday in a nationwide protest against wage cuts and high taxes, keeping ferries docked in ports, shutting state schools and leaving hospitals working with emergency staff. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Protesters march during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff. The banner reads, "Jobs" REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Protesters march during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports,...more

Protesters march during an anti-austerity rally in central Athens February 20, 2013. Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff. The banner reads, "Jobs" REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A woman stands by Athens main train station during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Greek workers walked off the job on Wednesday in a nationwide protest against wage cuts and high taxes, keeping ferries docked in ports, shutting state schools and leaving hospitals working with emergency staff. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis

A woman stands by Athens main train station during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Greek workers walked off the job on Wednesday in a nationwide protest against wage cuts and high taxes, keeping ferries docked in ports, shutting state schools and...more

A woman stands by Athens main train station during a 24-hour strike February 20, 2013. Greek workers walked off the job on Wednesday in a nationwide protest against wage cuts and high taxes, keeping ferries docked in ports, shutting state schools and leaving hospitals working with emergency staff. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis
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A man walks in front of a closed entrance of a suburban station during a 24-hour strike in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 20, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man walks in front of a closed entrance of a suburban station during a 24-hour strike in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 20, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man walks in front of a closed entrance of a suburban station during a 24-hour strike in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 20, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A man walks in front of a closed entrance of a suburban station during a 24-hour strike in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 20, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man walks in front of a closed entrance of a suburban station during a 24-hour strike in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 20, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A man walks in front of a closed entrance of a suburban station during a 24-hour strike in Chalandri suburb north of Athens February 20, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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