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Violence erupts as strikers protest in India

Workers destroyed vehicles and damaged factories at the outset of a two-day strike called by major trade unions to protest high prices, especially for fuel.

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Protesters damage a fire engine during a strike in Noida, on the outskirts of New Delhi, Feb. 20, 2013. Sporadic violence has broken out in India at the beginning of a two-day strike by labour unions protesting rising prices and government economic policies.

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Activists of All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) shout slogans as they sit on rail tracks to stop trains on the first day of the strike in Bhubaneswar. Millions of bank and factory workers stayed away from work and public transport was shut down after India’s major trade unions called the country-wide strike.

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Cars set on fire by vandals burn on the first day of the two-day strike in Noida.

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Indian workers participate in a rally in Hyderabad.

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An Indian policeman detains a striker who tried to march toward the state legislature complex in Hyderabad.

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A man carries his sick father in his arms outside a railway station because no public transport was available during the strike in New Delhi.

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A fire engine set on fire by vandals burns in Noida.

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A policeman runs past a burning car set on fire by vandals in Noida.

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People walk past burnt-out cars at a factory in Noida.

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