September 26, 2012

Minor scuffles broke out Wednesday between protesters and police in Athens as thousands of Greeks took to the streets to protest new austerity measures that critics describe as draconian.

The daylong general strike is the first called by unions since Greece’s new coalition government was formed in June and comes amid an economic crisis and huge national debt.

Police spokesman Panagiotis Papapetropoulos told CNN that some protesters had thrown Molotov cocktails in Syntagma Square, opposite the Greek parliament building in central Athens. Police responded with tear gas.

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