A protester attacks with a hammer to a riot police officer during clashes at a nationwide general strike demonstration, in Athens Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
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Thousands of Greeks walked off their jobs Wednesday and marched through central Athens in an angry protest against continued austerity measures being demanded by international lenders in exchange for disbursing bailout funds.The strike was called by the country's main public and private sector unions a day before Greece's Parliament is due to vote on reforms that would help unlock the funds from the 86-billion-euro (around $96 billion) bailout, the country's third in seven years.Once approved, the Eurogroup has said it will consider some form of debt relief for Greece, which is still struggling under a debt mount amounting to 179 percent of GDP.Greece has needed three multibillion bailouts since 2010 and additional belt-tightening is a contentious issue for Tsipras' leftist-led government, which now trails its conservative opponents in polls.
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