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Greece Swept by Strikes Against New Anti-Worker Measures

IN PICTURES: The strike was called by Greece's main public and private sector unions to protests against new austerity measures.

Greece is once again being engulfed in working-class militancy as thousands walked off their jobs Wednesday and marched through central Athens in an angry protest against continued austerity measures being demanded by international lenders in exchange for disbursing bailout funds.

The strike was called by the country's main public and private sector unions a day before Greece's parliament is due to vote on austerity reforms that would open up access to funds from the 86-billion-euro bailout, the country's third in seven years.

New austerity attached to the funds released include the 13th cut in pensions since 2010 and a reduction in tax-free allowances on income. They come after years of cuts that for a time threw the country into deep recession.

teleSUR takes a look at the latest protests against the endless austerity measures imposed on the increasingly poor working people of Greece.

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Demonstrators chant during a demonstration marking a 24-hour general strike against the latest round of austerity in Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
Demonstrators chant during a demonstration marking a 24-hour general strike against the latest round of austerity in Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Members of the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march past the parliament building, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
Members of the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march past the parliament building, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators confront riot police, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
Demonstrators confront riot police, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators shouts slogans, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
Demonstrators shouts slogans, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
A demonstrator confronts riot police, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
A demonstrator confronts riot police, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Members of the communist-affiliated PAME trade union shout slogans as they march past the parliament building, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
Members of the communist-affiliated PAME trade union shout slogans as they march past the parliament building, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
The parliament building is seen through flare smoke during a demonstration of uniformed officers, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
The parliament building is seen through flare smoke during a demonstration of uniformed officers, Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
A ferry is moored during a four-day nationwide strike of Greek seamen at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017.
A ferry is moored during a four-day nationwide strike of Greek seamen at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, May 17, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Demonstrators by a banner that reads, "Subversion.”
Demonstrators by a banner that reads, "Subversion.” Photo:Reuters
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