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Greece hit by fresh anti-austerity strike

Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday as unions staged a general strike to protest the government’s spending cuts and tax hikes, which some predict will push unemployment to a stunning 30 percent this year.

The 24-hour walkout disrupted flights, kept ferries and long-distance trains idle and crippled public services.

It was the first general strike of the year, renewing confrontation between labor groups and the conservative-led government that has pursued punishing austerity policies to cut debt, a key condition imposed by international bailout creditors.

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