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Greeks hold nationwide anti-austerity strike ahead of Merkel visit

Greek labor unions staged a nationwide strike Wednesday to protest austerity policies imposed on the country by its foreign creditors — including Germany, whose Chancellor Angela Merkel is scheduled to visit Athens this week.

Schools and pharmacies were shut, ships remained docked at ports, hospitals operated on emergency staff, and transport in Athens was disrupted because of the walkout called by the private sector union GSEE and its public sector counterpart, ADEDY.

Thousands of striking workers, pensioners and the unemployed were expected to march to parliament around noon.

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