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Trains Halted in Nationwide Czech Strike Against Budget Cuts

Czech transportation workers went on a one-day strike today to protest against government plans to overhaul public finances with measures including a value-added tax increase, snarling railway and road traffic.

The nationwide work stoppage began at midnight and comes a day after thousands of Greeks rallied against public wage cuts and tax increases. Czech air travel isn’t affected by the strike, the biggest transportation protest in the country that shed communism in 1989, according to Lubos Pomajbik, the head of the Transportation Trade Unions.