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Clashes erupt as thousands of Greeks protest austerity

A molotov cocktail explodes beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A molotov cocktail explodes beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A molotov cocktail explodes beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A masked protester runs through a cloud of tear gas in Athens' Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A masked protester runs through a cloud of tear gas in Athens' Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A masked protester runs through a cloud of tear gas in Athens' Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A demonstrator kicks a teargas cannister to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A demonstrator kicks a teargas cannister to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A demonstrator kicks a teargas cannister to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Teargas canisters explode beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Teargas canisters explode beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Teargas canisters explode beside riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A riot police officer prepares to throw a teargas cannister to protestors during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A riot police officer prepares to throw a teargas cannister to protestors during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A riot police officer prepares to throw a teargas cannister to protestors during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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A demontrator throws a molotov cocktail to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A demontrator throws a molotov cocktail to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A demontrator throws a molotov cocktail to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A demonstrator throws a molotov cocktail to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A demonstrator throws a molotov cocktail to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A demonstrator throws a molotov cocktail to riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A demonstrator hurls a stone to riot police officers during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A demonstrator hurls a stone to riot police officers during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

A demonstrator hurls a stone to riot police officers during clashes near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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Supporters of the Greek Communist party march by the parliament during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Supporters of the Greek Communist party march by the parliament during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Supporters of the Greek Communist party march by the parliament during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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The ancient site of Adrian's Library is closed to visitors during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

The ancient site of Adrian's Library is closed to visitors during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

The ancient site of Adrian's Library is closed to visitors during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Tourists walk by a homeless man in the old town of Athens during a 24-hour strike September 26, 2012. Flights and trains were suspended, shops pulled down their shutters, and hospitals worked on emergency staff on Wednesday in Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since a coalition government took power in June. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Tourists walk by a homeless man in the old town of Athens during a 24-hour strike September 26, 2012. Flights and trains were suspended, shops pulled down their shutters, and hospitals worked on emergency staff on Wednesday in Greece's first big...more

Tourists walk by a homeless man in the old town of Athens during a 24-hour strike September 26, 2012. Flights and trains were suspended, shops pulled down their shutters, and hospitals worked on emergency staff on Wednesday in Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since a coalition government took power in June. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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A commuter stands in front of a closed suburban railway station at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A commuter stands in front of a closed suburban railway station at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A commuter stands in front of a closed suburban railway station at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Passengers stand on a travelator heading to a suburban railway station at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Passengers stand on a travelator heading to a suburban railway station at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Passengers stand on a travelator heading to a suburban railway station at Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A commuter sleeps outside a closed cafe at a suburban railway station located within the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A commuter sleeps outside a closed cafe at a suburban railway station located within the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

A commuter sleeps outside a closed cafe at a suburban railway station located within the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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A commuter enters a metro station during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A commuter enters a metro station during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

A commuter enters a metro station during a 24-hour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis
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Passengers arrive at the port of Piraeus during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers arrive at the port of Piraeus during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Passengers arrive at the port of Piraeus during a 24-hour labour strike in Athens September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
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