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Greece: Anti-austerity protest grips Athens

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M/S Protesters marching M/S Mass of protesters march along streets with flags, banners M/S Protesters hold banner M/S Protesters on street M/S Protesters marching M/S Protesters stand with banners M/S Man shouts into megaphone W/S Protesters walk past Greek Parliament W/S Protesters walk past Greek Parliament W/S Guards outside Parliament W/S Protesters outside Greek Parliament W/S Line of protesters with flags M/S Protesters hold lowered flags SCRIPT Greece: Anti-austerity protest grips Athens Thousand of striking workers gathered in the streets of Athens on Tuesday to protest against planned austerity measures. The strikers are hoping to have the measures withdrawn or to convince enough members of the 300-seat parliament to vote against them. The demonstration reached Syntagma Square in the morning and marched past the Greek parliament. The protest comes amid a 24-hour general strike that has shuttered tax offices and reduced hospitals to emergency staff. Air-traffic controllers and rail workers are also among those involved in the action. The proposed austerity measures include plans to slash thousands of public-sector jobs. Greece has been told it needs to pass the legislation in order to receive a tranche of bailout money from its foreign creditors. The legislation will be put to a parliamentary vote on Wednesday night.