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Fuel bomb battle hits Athens protest

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 01:12

Sept. 26 - Hooded youth clash with police, throwing fuel bombs and setting a tent on fire in a main square of Athens during a Greek workers protest. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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A peaceful workers protest in Athens turns violent when groups of hooded youth descend on the demonstration, throwing petrol bombs at police officers. Greek workers had marched to the parliament in Athens on Wednesday calling on the government to halt its plan to cut more jobs and salaries as part of austerity measures. The majority of the country's unions decided to launch the march and a general 24-hour workers' strike after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' newly elected government announced late Tuesday night that it had finished drafting proposed austerity cuts worth 11.5 billion euros. The cuts are part of a painstaking process to secure an aid package from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Much of the union anger is directed at the spending cuts that are expected to come from slashing wages, pensions and welfare benefits. Most protesters tried to avoid the clashes.

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Fuel bomb battle hits Athens protest

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 - 01:12