Bloodied But Defiant: 10,000 Greek Strikers & Police In Running Battles As Debt-Ridden Country Starts A 24-Hour Walkout

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Riot policemen try to avoid a molotov cocktail bomb hurled by protestors during a demonstration in central Athens, Greece, 05 October 2011. Civil Servants Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) and General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE), Greeces two largest umbrella federations representing the public and private sector staged a 24-hour nationwide strike protesting against the ongoing austerity measures taken by the Greek government.  EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU

Greek riot police have fired teargas at petrol bomb throwing youths and charged them wielding batons

as 10,000 public sector workers marched to protest against budget cuts and high taxes.

The country is today in the grip of a 24-hour national strike which has seen flights grounded,

schools shut and people on the streets trying to storm the Athens parliament of its bankrupt government.

Violence broke out as anarchists mixed with the marchers and started attacking more than 1,000 police with any weapons they could find.

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