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Thousands of protesters have turned out on the streets of Athens in the third general strike this year, as Greek ministers prepare to debate new austerity measures. Parliament square is awash with Greek and Spanish flags, as well as banners reading "Resist" and the battle cry from the Spanish civil war, "No pasaran" (they shall not pass), AFP reported.

A protester kicks a riot police officer during a general strike against government austerity plans. - AFP Photo
A protester kicks a riot police officer during a general strike against government austerity plans. - AFP Photo
A protester shouts as Greek riot police officers drag him down to the street during a general strike against government austerity plans. - AFP Photo
A protester shouts as Greek riot police officers drag him down to the street during a general strike against government austerity plans. - AFP Photo
Protesters gather in Syntagma square, in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, during a peaceful rally, late Tuesday. - AP Photo
Protesters gather in Syntagma square, in front of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, during a peaceful rally, late Tuesday. - AP Photo
A demonstrator shouts slogans outside the Parliament. - AP Photo
A demonstrator shouts slogans outside the Parliament. - AP Photo
Demonstrators raise their hands in the traditional Greek insult gesture in front of the Greek Parliament. - Reuters Photo
Demonstrators raise their hands in the traditional Greek insult gesture in front of the Greek Parliament. - Reuters Photo
Protesters gesture and wave Greek flags in front of the Parliament. - AP Photo
Protesters gesture and wave Greek flags in front of the Parliament. - AP Photo
A demonstrator carrying a Greek flag passes riot police near the Greek parliament in Athens. - Reuters Photo
A demonstrator carrying a Greek flag passes riot police near the Greek parliament in Athens. - Reuters Photo

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