Protesters, police clash in Greece over austerity measures

Government announces it will miss deficit targets despite tax hikes and wage cuts

Protesters and riot police clashed in Athens on Wednesday as thousands rallied to denounce austerity measures imposed by the Greek government. The nationwide walkout was the first in months and saw protesters throw chunks of paving slabs at riot police who responded with tear gas grenades. Despite the tax hikes and wage cuts imposed by the government, Greece was forced to announce this week that its efforts will nonetheless fall short of its deficit targets. Polls show nearly four of five Greeks expect a default on the massive national debt within months.


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