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It's getting very ugly in Athens today.

According to the New York Times, three people have reportedly died in an Athens bank set ablaze by protesters.

Thousands have taken to the streets in opposition of the government's handling of Greece's worsening debt crisis. The government has proposed huge spending cuts in an attempt to slash 30 billion euro ($38 billion) over the next two  years from its giant pile of government debt.

The move has not been warmly received by the Greeks. Here's the money quote from the Times:

"The strikes on Wednesday shut hospitals, schools and tourism sights across the Greek capital, including the Acropolis, where several dozen protesters from the Communist Party broke the locks at the entrance to the monument on Tuesday and spread banners saying, 'Peoples of Europe — Rise Up.'"

The Lede blog has the raw video, courtesy of Reuters.