Greece austerity strike: Workers protest against pay cuts
An anti-austerity rally in Greece's capital turned violent on Wednesday as a general strike halted flights, ferries and public transportation, and thousands joined protest marches across the country.
Unless bailout funds are unlocked, Greece would once more struggle to meet a spike in debt repayments due this summer and face another brush with bankruptcy.
Thousands of protesters were marching through central Athens toward parliament in a series of demonstrations as part of the strike.
A small group of protesters threw gasoline bombs and fired flares at riot police after the marches ended in Athens.
Police responded with tear gas. The clashes broke out after peaceful marches involving around 12,000 people.
The protests occurred as lawmakers were set to approve another batch of reforms that will impose years more hardship on austerity-weary Greeks.
Unemployment, while down from highs of above 27 percent, hovers at around 23 percent.