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Greece strike: Rioters take on police in Athens general strike protest

26 September 2012 Last updated at 12:44 BST

Tens of thousands of people have gathered outside Greece's parliament as part of a day-long general strike to protest against new austerity measures.

The spending cuts of 11.5bn euros ($15bn; £9bn) are a pre-condition to Greece receiving its next tranche of bailout funds, without which the country could face bankruptcy in weeks.

The BBC's Mark Lowen in Athens says the strike has brought the whole country to a standstill. He described the scene as clashes erupted between police and some protesters.