Sky News
October 19, 2011

A two-day general strike has shut down public transport, schools and shops in Greece as over 50,000 protesters converge in central Athens.

Unions representing around half of the country’s four million-strong workforce have called the walkout.

They are protesting against a sweeping package of austerity measures which are due to be voted on in parliament on Thursday.

All sectors, from dentists, state hospital doctors and lawyers to shop owners, tax office workers, pharmacists, teachers and dock workers walked off the job.

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