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Debt crisis: 24-hour Greek strike over austerity cuts causes chaos

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Published 22/09/2011 | 08:27

The scene in Athens yesterday where thousands converged on the Greek parliament to protest over the government's plans for new austerity measures
The scene in Athens yesterday where thousands converged on the Greek parliament to protest over the government's plans for new austerity measures
The scene in Athens yesterday where thousands converged on the Greek parliament to protest over the government's plans for new austerity measures
The scene in Athens yesterday where thousands converged on the Greek parliament to protest over the government's plans for new austerity measures
The scene in Athens yesterday where thousands converged on the Greek parliament to protest over the government's plans for new austerity measures
The scene in Athens yesterday where thousands converged on the Greek parliament to protest over the government's plans for new austerity measures

A PUBLIC transport and taxi strike led to traffic chaos in Athens today as a stoppage by air traffic controllers forced airlines to cancel or reschedule flights.

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A series of strikes to hit out at more austerity measures came after the country was hit by another round of tax increases and pension cuts.



The moves are part of the government's bid to keep international bailout payments coming and calm global market fears that Greece will default.



Today, which is officially World Carfree Day, saw gridlocked traffic all over Athens as citizens tried to get to work and school with all forms of public transport, including the metro, buses, trams, trains and taxis on strike.



Air traffic controllers will walk off the job for three hours in the afternoon.

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