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Thu 12 May 2011 01:30 PM

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Violent protests against Greek austerity measures

Clashes broke out after 20,000 protesters marched on parliament during a 24-hour strike

Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
A riot policeman tries to avoid a petrol bomb after clashes erupted during a general strike that halted services and disrupted flights on May 11, 2011 in Athens, Greece (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
Protestors walk in front of the parliament during a general strike that halted services and disrupted flights on May 11, 2011 in Athens, Greece. Violence erupted after approximately 20, 000 protesters marched to parliament during a 24-hour general strike (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
Protestors reportedly clashed with riot police throughout Athens after unions called the strike to protest harsh austerity measures intended to keep the debt-ridden country solvent (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
A police officer in full riot gear sprays tear gas at a protester's head after clashes erupted during a general strike on May 11, 2011 in Athens, Greece. (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
A group of 150 hooded demonstrators attacked three policemen in an Athens hospital after a protester was seriously injured in an anti-austerity march on the first day of a visit by EU and IMF inspectors (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
Police had fired several rounds of teargas earlier on Wednesday to disperse stone-throwing protesters as senior EU and IMF envoys began talks with the government on stepping up fiscal reforms needed to get the next slice of a bailout package (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
A protester talks to police after clashes erupted during a general strike that halted services and disrupted flights on May 11, 2011 in Athens (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
Police said 17 demonstrators and two policemen were hurt in the clashes while 24 people were detained as a one-day nationwide strike brought much of Greece to a halt (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
A protester wears a mask during a mass demonstration after a general strike on May 11 (Getty Images)
Violent protests against Greek austerity measures
Police said about 20,000 protesters -- fewer than previous protests -- marched to parliament. Greece has a history of protests that can turn violent (Getty Images)