Greece mayhem: Fierce street clashes, Molotov cocktails, rioting amid strike in Athens

Thursday, November 12, 2015
By Paul Martin
12 Nov, 2015

A labor strike in the Greek capital has turned violent, with demonstrators hurling Molotov cocktails at police. Officers have responded with tear gas. The protesters are rallying against government austerity measures.

Labor union members have walked off their jobs for 24 hours, protesting in Athens’ central square.

The demonstrators are rallying against austerity measures including spending cuts and tax hikes, which were adopted by the government formed by the leftist Syriza party after it won the January elections.

The general strike has seriously disrupted public transportation in the country. The Athens metro system is not running, bus and trolley routes have been considerably reduced, and connections between Greek islands and the mainland have been nearly brought to a halt as public ferries remain tied in ports. Dozens of domestic flights have been canceled.

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