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Protesters clash with riot police during a demonstration near Syntagma square in the city center. Thousands of demonstrators besieged the Greek parliament in a large anti-austerity protest marred by violence, leaving at least a dozen injured ahead of a crucial reform vote in parliament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PANAGIOTIS TZAMAROS / AFP

Protesters hurl stones at riot policemen in front of the Greek parliament building. A 24-hour nationwide strike was also called by the two biggest unions in the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / ANA-MPA

Protesters clash with riot police near the Greek parliament building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / ANA-MPA

Protesters fight with riot police during massive clashes at the central Athens Syntagma square. Thousands of protesters ringed the Greek parliament building on Wednesday as the government tried to push through its emergency package and a general strike paralyzed the country.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP / Getty Images

Protesters hurl projectiles toward riot police guarding the entrance to the Finance Ministry during a rally in main Syntagma square. Greece's largest unions began a 24-hour strike, crippling transport and public services to protest a new wave of austerity measures which the Socialist government wants to push through parliament by the end of the month.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIMELA PANTZARTZI / ANA-MPA

Demonstrators stand in a cloud of tear gas during a protest against plans for new austerity measures in Greece. Government offices and banks remained shut and ferries were anchored at ports across Greece, while the walkout also halted train services, closed schools and public services, and left hospitals operating with emergency staff only.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Milos Bicanski / Getty Images

A wounded protester shouts at riot policemen during clashes near the Greek Parliament building. Thousands of public- and private-sector workers, students and pensioners gathered outside parliament, joining hundreds more who remained camped out in the capital's main Syntagma Square for several weeks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: SIMELA PANTZARTZI / ANA-MPA

A protester armed with a hammer waits for riot police officers behind a corner in central Syntagma (Constitution) Square. Angry youths hurled Molotov cocktails at Greece's Finance Ministry and tens of thousands of protesters marched on parliament to oppose government efforts to pass new austerity laws for the debt-choked eurozone state.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANNIS BEHRAKIS / Reuters

A protester spreads her arms as police advance against other protesters during clashes around Syntagma square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YIORGOS KARAHALIS / Reuters

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Demonstrators clashed with police in the streets of Athens as thousands gathered to protest government cutbacks required to avoid a default on the Greek government’s debt.

Stocks fell Wednesday as investors became increasingly concerned about the worsening debt crisis in Greece. The dollar is rising against the euro and U.S. government bond prices are climbing as investors seek safer assets.

Read the full story “Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou offers to resign as austerity protests swell

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  1. June 21, 2011, 10:23 pm

    [...] PHOTOS: Greeks clash over debt crisis [...]

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