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Greek police pin one protester to the ground after violence broke out at a demonstration in Athens

Police officers in Athens run from the flames of a petrol bomb

Protesters clashed with riot police across Athens yesterday, torching cars, hurling petrol bombs and sending Christmas shoppers fleeing during a strike against austerity measures.

Police fired tear gas and flash grenades as the violence escalated outside parliament and spread to other parts of the capital.

Unions triggered the 24-hour strike to protest against labour reforms and pay cuts as Greece struggles to reshape its economy under the conditions of a €110bn (£93.6bn) international bailout.

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