Greek strikers march on parliament against austerity

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May 20, 2010

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Thousands of striking Greeks marched peacefully to parliament on Thursday in a protest against government austerity measures that was much smaller than a huge rally that led to rioting on May 5.

Anger may have receded since the shock of big government wage cuts and tax hikes that came in an agreement with the EU and IMF immediately preceding the last big protest.

Many Greeks also said they had been put off by the raw violence of the May 5 march when three bank workers, including a pregnant woman, were killed after rioters smashed windows and lobbed petrol bombs into the branch where they worked.

Some 25,000 people marched through central Athens and gathered in front of parliament, about half the number of those who turned out for the previous big demonstration.

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