Violence breaks out at Athens march against pension reforms


Clashes have broken out between Greek police and youths throwing fire bombs and stones, as tens of thousands of people march through central Athens to protest planned pension reforms.

The clashes came as Greek unions on Thursday organized a nationwide general strike that canceled flights, ferries and public transport, shut down schools, courts and pharmacies, and left public hospitals with emergency staff.

A journalist covering rallies in central Athens for Athina 984, the City of Athens radio station, was reportedly attaked by unknown assailants. According to reports, the victim was hit in the back of his head and was transferred to a local hospital.

[AP, Kathimerini English Edition]