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News number: 9101140590

10:49 | 2012-04-07

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Greek Police Clash with Protesters in Capital

TEHRAN (FNA)- Police in Greece clashed with workers gathered outside the country's central bank to protest benefit cuts following a massive debt deal.



Police used tear gas and batons against the protesters as they approached the Bank of Greece's entrance in Athens on Friday, and one protester was hospitalized with injuries.

The demonstrators chanted slogans such as "Thieves!" and "Take the austerity package and get out!"

"They lowered our pensions. We can't take anymore. We should all commit suicide," Secretary of the Union of Dockworkers Fotis Siakaras said during the protest, referring to the retired elderly who shot himself in the head over financial problems outside the parliament on Wednesday.

The suicide incident has sparked violent anti-austerity protest rallies in Athens.

Greece has been in a financial crisis since 2010 and has relied on international bailout loans ever since.