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A protester wrapped with a Greek flag holds a placard with anti-government slogans outside the Greek Parliament. On the second day of a general strike that's seen the country paralyzed, a communist party-backed union has said it will try to encircle parliament in a peaceful bid to prevent lawmakers from accessing the building for the final vote on spending cuts and tax hikes required by Greece's international creditors.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thanassis Stavrakis / Associated Press

People walk past broken windows in front of the Greek parliament building during a 48-hour general strike. Protesters oppose strict austerity measures imposed by the Greek government. Meanwhile, Greece can expect to receive fresh payments totaling $11.05 billion from the euro zone bailout fund, officials in Berlin said.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPA

Demonstrators are hit by petrol bombs during clashes between rival groups of communists and black-clad youths near the parliament building. Angry protesters vowed to bring Greece to a standstill on Thursday while disgruntled lawmakers vote on the details of a deeply unpopular austerity package needed to stave off bankruptcy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YIORGOS KARAHALIS / Reuters

Communists clash with black-clad youths near the parliament building near Constitution Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YIORGOS KARAHALIS / Reuters

A man shouts while helping an injured demonstrator during clashes between communists and black-clad youths near the parliament building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANNIS BEHRAKIS / Reuters

A man shouts during clashes between rival groups near the parliament building in Constitution Square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANNIS BEHRAKIS / Reuters

A demonstrator throws stones at a rival group. Clashes have broken out in central Athens between rival groups of demonstrators in a second day of mass demonstrations against a new round of austerity measures being debated in parliament. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades outside parliament as several hundred masked youths attacked peaceful demonstrators from a Communist-backed trade union who had tried to isolate the from the rally.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thanassis Stavrakis / Associated Press

A protester throws a petrol bomb at riot police amid clashes between rival groups of demonstrators in a second day of mass demonstrations against a new round of austerity measures being debated in parliament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Associated Press

Strikers shout slogans in front of the Greek parliament building during a 48-hour general strike demonstration. A report from the European Central Bank, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund on Greece's progress in cleaning up its state finances is understood to have given the green light to the heavily indebted nation receiving a payment.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU / EPA

A woman shouts while taking part in an anti-austerity rally in Athens' Constitution Square. Greek unions began a 48-hour general strike on Wednesday, the biggest protest in years, as parliament prepares to vote on sweeping new austerity measures designed to stave off a default that could trigger a crisis in the wider euro zone.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YIORGOS KARAHALIS / Reuters

A demonstrator hurls a Molotov cocktail toward riot police in front of the Greek parliament. Greek unions on Wednesday launched a two-day general strike in an all-out effort to block a new austerity bill that parliament must pass this week to forestall a state bankruptcy.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ANGELOS TZORTZINIS / AFP / Getty Images

Protesters clash with police in Athens at the start of a two-day general strike against a new austerity bill.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: PANAGIOTIS TZAMAROS / AFP / Greece

A pedestrian walks past an entrance to a building damaged during clashes. Greek anger over new austerity measures and layoffs erupted into violence outside parliament Wednesday as demonstrators hurled chunks of marble and gasoline bombs and riot police responded with tear gas and stun grenades that echoed across Athens' main square.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thanassis Stavrakis / Associated Press

A riot policeman guarding the parliament is covered in red paint in Athens during a mass demonstration called by the public and private sector labor unions to protest against the ongoing heavy austerity measures.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ALEXANDROS VLACHOS / EPA

A protester throws a gasoline bomb at police during a rally on the first day of a 48-hour general strike.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHN KOLESIDIS / Reuters

A protester runs through tear gas in front of the parliament during riots after a peaceful march on the first day of a 48-hour strike by workers' unions.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YANNIS BEHRAKIS / Reuters

Protesters throw stones at police during a rally on the first day of a 48-hour general strike timed to coincide with a vote on a bitterly resented new round of austerity measures.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: YIORGOS KARAHALIS / X90075

Protesters use a metal structure against riot police as the police use pepper spray against them during clashes outside the Greek parliament.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Petros Giannakouris / Associated Press

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Clashes have broken out in central Athens between rival groups of demonstrators in a second day of mass demonstrations against a new round of austerity measures being debated in parliament. Police fired tear gas and stun grenades as several hundred masked youths attacked peaceful demonstrators from a communist-backed trade union who had tried to isolate the from the rally.

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