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In Pictures: Anti-austerity protesters gather in Athens

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Protesters from the communist-affiliated trade union PAME march outside the parliament during a rally in central Athens Nov. 6, 2012. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks began a crippling 48-hour strike on Tuesday to protest against a new round of wage and pension cuts that parliament is expected to approve narrowly on Wednesday.

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Protesters gather in front of the Greek Parliament. Greece's unions are holding their third general strike in six weeks to press dissenters in the country’s troubled coalition government to refuse to back a major new austerity program that will doom Greeks to further hardship in a sixth year of recession.

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Municipality workers shout slogans during a protest on the first day of the 48-hour nationwide general strike, in Athens, on Nov. 6.

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Protesters hold a banner reading ‘Workers will no longer be held hostage’ as they walk past an advertisement during the rally in Athens Nov. 6.

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Protesters from PAME march during a rally in central Athens.

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Disable protesters demonstrate in front of the Parliament on Nov. 6. Two days of demonstrations were planned to start Tuesday, continuing until lawmakers vote late Wednesday on the bill to slash €13.5 billion ($17.3 billion U.S.) from budget spending over two years.

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A protester stands in front of a banner.

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A woman sweeps an empty train station in Athens Nov. 6. Trains, buses and the subway came to a halt as the strike began.

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A man stands in front of a closed tram station in Athens Nov. 6.

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Protesters shout slogans in front of the parliament in Athens.

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Riot police stand guard near the parliament on Nov. 6. Police beefed up security to prepare for possible clashes.

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Many Greeks believe the latest cuts will do little to solve the country’s debt problem and could tear society apart.

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A disabled protester in an electric wheelchair drives to the Greek Parliament in Athens.

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Protesters gather outside Parliament. Parliamentary approval for the new round of cuts is needed to ensure EU and IMF lenders release more than €31-billion of aid.

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Protesters on a quad bike hold signs reading ‘Endless strikes until we win’' in front of the parliament Nov. 6.

Thanassis Stavrakis/AP

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