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Clashes as workers strike in Athens

Protesters clashed with police in central Athens Wednesday as thousands of transport workers went on strike against severe austerity measures the government says are needed to tackle the country’s crippling budget deficit. CNN’s Jim Boulden said bottles and flares were thrown and small fires started in the vicinity of Athens’ Constitutional Square outside the Greek parliament building. Police responded with tear gas and cordoned off roads around the parliament. Earlier around 35,000 people were estimated to have taken part in a march, according to unions. Boulden said violence had been limited to a small faction separate from the main protest and lasted about an hour.