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Greeks Riot as Samaras Wins Austerity Bill

- 2012-11-08T09:45:38Z

Photograph by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP via Getty Images

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The vote occurred on the second day of a 48-hour general strike which shut down hospitals, schools and government services and brought public transport to a standstill. Police estimated there were at least 50,000 people at a rally called against the measures, making it one of the biggest anti-austerity protests in the country since Greece sparked the European debt crisis in 2009.

Left, a protester holds a mock gallows during a demonstrations outside parliament.