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Greek protester explains why they support general strike

A 24-hour general strike is under way in Greece in protest at the nation's austerity measures.

One protester in Athens told the BBC's Mark Lowen that the measures are "making life worse for average Greeks".

Flights and ferry services have been cancelled, schools, government offices and tourist sites closed, and hospitals are working with reduced staff.

At least 16,000 people have joined protests organised by the main unions in central Athens.

The European Commission is discussing ways of propping up banks in Europe to protect them from the Greek crisis.

Mark Lowen reports.

  • 05 Oct 2011
  • From the section Europe