General Strike Leads to Anti-Austerity Protests in Greece

Striking Greek steel workers march towards the Greek Parliament during a 24-hour general strike in Athens on Feb. 7, 2012. A general strike gripped debt-ridden Greece in protest of new austerity measures, demanded by the European Union as part of a new bailout deal from banks.

Protesters clash with riot police as they try to enter the parliament during a 24-hour general strike in Athens on Feb. 7, 2012. The Greeks have a longstanding culture of organized — at times militant — mass protest.

A protestor throws up his hands during a clash with riot police as demonstrators tried to enter the Parliament during a 24-hour general strike in Athens on Feb. 7, 2012.
Riot police prevent protesters from entering Parliament in Athens on Feb. 7,2012.
A police officer attempts to get up during clashes with demonstrators in front of the parliament during a 24-hours general strike in Athens on Feb. 7, 2012.
Police detain a protester during a rally against austerity in front of the parliament in Athens, Feb. 7, 2012.
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