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Greece strike: Huge march to parliament

16 July 2013 Last updated at 15:23 BST

A day-long general strike has begun in Greece, called by trade unions, in protest against government plans to cut thousands of public sector jobs.

The government needs to pass a bill this week in order to start receiving 6.8bn euros (£5.8bn) of fresh bailout loans to keep the country afloat.

Hospitals and public transport are expected to be affected by the strike.

Demonstrations have been happening for several days over the latest set of deeply unpopular austerity measures.

Geeta Guru-Murthy reports.