Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Greece Paralyzed By General Strike Against Reforms

Associated Press/CBS News
December 15, 2010

A new general strike hit Greece on Wednesday, grounding flights, closing factories, and disrupting hospital and transport services as angry unions protested new labor reforms and painful austerity measures.

Several thousand protesters gathered for two separate demonstrations planned for midday in central Athens. Police kept close watch after previous protests were marred by violence - in May, three people died in a bank torched by rioting demonstrators.

Wednesday's 24-hour general strike is the seventh organized this year by unions appalled at a wave of austerity policies meant to pull Greece out of its worst financial crisis since World War II.


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