Petrol bombs as thousands rally against austerity in Greek capital

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Around 15,000 protesters took to the streets of Athens on Thursday to oppose planned social security cuts. The protest was generally peaceful, though at one point clashes took place as activists threw petrol bombs at police lines. The protest was part of a 24-hour strike which brought the country to a standstill, as public services including trains, ferry services, schools, and hospitals shut down or offered partial services. The proposed social security and pension reforms are in line with EU-mandated austerity measures agreed to by the Greek government earlier this year, and are expected to cut state pensions in half.