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Pics: Petrol bombs thrown at Greek police during anti-austerity protests

There were scenes of violence on the streets of Athens today.

CLASHES BROKE OUT during a day of anti-austerity protests in Greece today.

Police fired tear gas to disperse anarchists who threw petrol bombs near parliament in the country’s capital, Athens, during the first trade union-led action since a new government came to power in June.

Protesters were demonstrating against planned spending cuts of €11.5 billion which are demanded under the country’s EU-IMF bailout which the new conservative-leaning government is attempting to implement in order to secure funding.

Record unemployment and rising poverty levels have pushed many Greeks to out on to the streets and there were some violent scenes in Athens today along with protests in other cities such as Thessaloniki.

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