Stones thrown, tear gas fired at Athens march

May 11, 2011 4:14:18 AM PDT
Stone-throwing youths are attacking riot police, who are responding with tear gas and stun grenades, at the heart of a march through Athens to protest the Greek government's harsh austerity measures. No injuries or arrests were immediately reported following Wednesday's clashes as thousands marched through the Greek capital, during a 24-hour general strike that brought most public services to a halt.

This month, the Socialist government is planning to pass further cutbacks aimed at saving an estimated euro23 billion ($33 billion) through 2015.

The general strike suspended all train and ferry services, grounded flights between noon and 4 p.m. and disrupted Athens public transport. All radio and television news broadcasts were suspended as journalists walked off the job for the day.

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