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Protests around the world: Greece, Pakistan, Bulgaria (PHOTOS)
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

People around the world are protesting this week, from Greece and Bulgaria to Pakistan and India.

Tens of thousands of Greek workers took to the streets in a nationwide general strike on Wednesday to protest austerity measures. Two of the country's largest labor unions called the strike.

Union strikes were also held in India, where The Washington Post noted that factories were attacked and vehicles were burned. Millions of workers around the country did not go to work because of the strike, called to protest price hikes, low incomes and unemployment.

Bulgaria's government quit on Wednesday after days of protests, which sometimes turned violent. A sharp increase in the price of electricity sparked the protests which spread around the country.

Pakistani Shiites continued to protest the government's inability to protect them against attacks by militants, as the Hazara community buried the dead from last week's bombing in Quetta.

More on GlobalPost: Greek workers strike over austerity measures

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Bahrainis march during a memorial service for teenager Hussein al-Jazeeri (Jazizi) which later erupted into clashes with riot police in the village of Daih, west of Manama, on February 19, 2013. The 16-year-old was killed in Daih on February 14, during protests marking the second anniversary of the Shiite Muslim-led uprising.

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Pakistani Shiite Muslim women demonstrate on the third day of protests following Saturday's bombing in Quetta on February 19, 2013, against the bombing targeted Shiite Muslims. Pakistani forces on Tuesday killed four men and arrested seven others accused of killing Shiite Muslims, including an alleged mastermind of a bomb attack that killed 89 people, officials said.

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Indian workers participate in a rally during a two-day strike called by trade unions opposing the current UPA government's economic policies in Hyderabad on February 20, 2013. Millions of India's workers walked off their jobs in a two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions to protest at the "anti-labour" policies of the embattled government. Financial services and transport were hit by the strike called by 11 major workers' groups to protest at a series of pro-market economic reforms announced by the government last year, as well as high inflation and rising fuel prices.

(NOAH SEELAM - AFP/Getty Images)
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Riot police clash with demonstrators during a protest against the government in downtown Sofia on February 19, 2013. Bulgaria has been shaken over the past week by protests that initially were about soaring electricity prices but which have turned into demonstrations against the government in general.

(NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV - AFP/Getty Images)
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Ethnic Hazaras protest outside Pakistan's Sydney consulate in Sydney on February 20, 2013, over bombings targeting the Shiite minority in Pakistan. On the weekend a bomb at a market at Hazara Town, a Shiite Hazara neighbourhood in the suburbs of Quetta, killed 89.

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Members of a Greek Communist trade union demonstrate on February 20, 2013 in the center of Athens against austerity measures. Greece was hit by a new strike on February 20 called by leading unions against unrelenting austerity in the recession-weary nation ahead of an audit by international creditors, disrupting flights, ferries and hospital services. The strike -- the first general work stoppage in debt-crippled Greece this year -- has forced airport authorities to scrap or reschedule dozens of flights while hospitals were operating on reduced staffing.

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Members of union PAME gather outside Greece's parliament during a protest on February 20, 2013 in Athens, Greece. Unions have launched general strike against austerity measures in Greece, amid predictions unemployment in the crisis-hit country will reach 30 percent this year.

(Milos Bicanski - AFP/Getty Images)
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Indian workers participate in a rally during a two-day strike called by trade unions opposing the current UPA government's economic policies in Hyderabad on February 20, 2013. Millions of India's workers walked off their jobs in a two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions to protest at the "anti-labour" policies of the embattled government. Financial services and transport were hit by the strike called by 11 major workers' groups to protest at a series of pro-market economic reforms announced by the government last year, as well as high inflation and rising fuel prices.

(NOAH SEELAM - AFP/Getty Images)
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A demonstrator (R) sitting on the floor reacts as clashes erupt between riot policemen and demonstrators during a protest against the government in downtown Sofia on February 19, 2013. Bulgaria has been shaken over the past week by protests that initially were about soaring electricity prices but which have turned into demonstrations against the government in general.

(NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV - AFP/Getty Images)
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Riot police outside Greece's parliament during a protest on Feb. 20, 2013 in Athens.

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