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Three dead during Greek riots over financial crisis

5 years ago May 05, 2010 May 5, 2010 Wednesday, May 05 2010 Wednesday, May 05, 2010 8:40:20 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

Three people are dead after a fire broke out at an Athens bank during rioting over government austerity measures.

An estimated 100,000 people took to the streets Wednesday during a nationwide wave of strikes against spending cuts aimed at saving the country from bankruptcy.

Protesters were hurling Molotov cocktails at police and buildings.

At least two buildings were on fire, while hundreds of people were involved in the clashes.

The government agreed to drastic budget cuts to win bailout loans from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

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