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Greek strike turns violent as protesters clash with police

The Greek nationwide general strike against planned spending cuts turned violent as protesters and riot police clashed.

Greek strike turns violent as protesters clash with police

Thousands of protesters clashed with riot police in Greece today during a day-long nationwide general strike to protest the latest round of tough austerity measures planned by the country's government to unlock much-needed EU-IMF funding. 

In Athens, youths threw Molotov cocktails at riot police who responded with tear gas. 

The trade union-led action against the planned spending cuts of more than 11.5 billion euros ($15 billion) brought public transport and other services to a standstill. 

Without the savings, Greece will not be eligible for the bailout funds from the so-called troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund and could face bankruptcy within weeks.