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Police and protesters clash in Athens

Police and protesters are clashing in Athens as demonstrators take to the streets to protest ongoing austerity measures in the country.

Public transportation and other services in Greece are crippled as thousands of employees rally against unpopular economic reforms.

While some protesters hurled rocks and fire bombs at riot police, other peaceful demonstrators took shelter on side streets.

Officers retaliated, firing tear gas and flash grenades at protesters.

“The problem, of course, is that if everybody is not working, it slows the economy down further,” 680News Senior Business Editor Mike Eppel said.

“Then, they can’t pay their bills and the debt crisis continues. The Greek financial crisis was front and centre last year and it’s still a potential economic problem for 2011,” Eppel added.