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Greek austerity plans spark violence

Rioters have clashed with protesters in Athens where thousands of people are rallying outside parliament to condemn new cuts.

Scores of masked youths attacked a group from a communist-backed trade union with stones and petrol bombs, and police fired tear gas.

A 48-hour general strike is under way in protest at austerity measures aimed at reducing Greece's crippling debt.

The Socialist-dominated parliament is expected to give final approval to a new austerity bill on Thursday.

Chris Morris reports.

  • 20 Oct 2011
  • From the section Europe