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Strikes in Greece Continue; Transportation Affected

February 10, 2012 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Reuters is reporting that striking Greek workers denounced a new wave of austerity on Friday, and that strikes may continue through Saturday. Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos told the nation it faced a stark choice between sacrifices inside the euro area and bigger sacrifices outside.

Police fired tear gas at black-masked protesters who threw gasoline bombs, stones and bottles in central Athens at the start of a 48-hour general strike against planned pay and job cuts. But street protests were relatively small and mostly peaceful.

In Friday's strike, ships were stuck in Piraeus port and public transportation was halted, but flights were not affected. Hospital doctors and bank employees also walked off the job.


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By Jena Tesse Fox | February 10, 2012
Strikes in Athens may continue through Saturday. Public transportation has been halted, although air traffic continues.
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