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#Athens

# athens - Thursday 20 October, 2011

Greece braced for second day of paralysing strikes

There are fears of more violence today after yesterday’s protests sparked fierce clashes.

# athens - Wednesday 19 October, 2011

DEMONSTRATORS AND RIOT police have clashed in Athens today as protests against new austerity measures continue across Greece.

Police in full riot gear have responded to violent incidents with tear gas and stun grenades at the main square outside parliament buildings in the capital.

Today is the first day of a 48-hour general strike, which has seen Greece’s public and private sectors grind to a halt. Flights have been grounded, most public services – including schools – are shut and offices and shops have remained closed.

Rubbish collectors have also stopped working over recent days, allowing waste to pile up on the streets.

At least 100,000 people have marched through Atens, protesting against higher taxes, pension and salary cuts and other austerity measures which are being demanded by the EU and IMF in exchange for rescue loans to ensure the country does not default on its debts.

Most of today’s protests were peaceful but crowds outside parliament buildings clashed with police.

A presidential guard sentry post was set on fire and chunks of marble were torn off building fronts with hammers and crowbars. Bank signs and windows were also smashed by some hooded and masked protesters, while piles of rubbish were set on fire.

Some local vendors took advantage of the riots and sold swimming goggles so people could ward off tear gas.

-Additional reporting by AP

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A mass walk-out by workers has started in Greece, bringing the country’s corporate and public sectors to a halt ahead of a key vote in Parliament.

# athens - Monday 17 October, 2011

Strikes and sit-ins ahead of a crucial week for Greece

A 48-hour general strike to be held on Wednesday and Thursday is set to ground flights for two days and cripple public and many private services.

# athens - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

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In pictures: Greek citizens protest austerity measures in Athens

Thousands took to the streets in Athens and other cities, protesting against further austerity measures.

# athens - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Greek government announces new austerity measures

Cuts in pension and a reduction in the number of civil servants are among the new measures agreed upon to try and persuade international creditors that the Greek Government is serious about fiscal reform.

# athens - Monday 19 September, 2011

Greece in "productive" telephone talks with EU and IMF

Greece’s Finance Ministry has said tonight’s conference call with EU and IMF leaders was “productive and substantive”.

# athens - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Tuesday

In today’s Fix: DSK maid to sue over ‘prostitute’ claims; women advised to “floss for fertility”; and one quick way to rescue a kitten from a pipe.

# athens - Monday 4 July, 2011

Team Ireland medal tally hits 92 on final day

The Special Olympics will close tomorrow after another impressive set of Irish performances.

# athens - Sunday 3 July, 2011

From The42 Team Ireland scores another 20 Olympic medals Winning

Team Ireland scores another 20 Olympic medals

Day seven in Athens proved another successful one for the Irish athletes competing in the Special Olympics.

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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning…

# athens - Saturday 2 July, 2011

From The42 More Irish medals as Special Olympics winning streak rolls on Winning

More Irish medals as Special Olympics winning streak rolls on

The Irish team’s medal haul has now hit 67, with wins for equestrian, kayaking, soccer, golf, swimming, athletics, bocce and bowling.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things to know as you start your day…

# athens - Friday 1 July, 2011

Gaining momentum: Ten more medals for Ireland at Special Olympics

Track and field events yesterday were another showcase for Irish talent, with our medal tally now standing at 44.

# athens - Thursday 30 June, 2011

Eyewitness: Tear gas and tension in Syntagma Square Opinion This post contains images

Eyewitness: Tear gas and tension in Syntagma Square

An Irish woman living in Athens spends some hours at the heart of the Greek protests and records the fear, anger and uncertainty on the streets.

Take 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Greek government passes crucial vote

Athens has to pass austerity package before being given access to the next part of its €110bn bailout fund.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

In today’s 9 at 9: The Irish ship sailing to Gaza is damaged; more Special Olympic success for Ireland; Greece prepares for another crucial vote; and the harshness of a mother-in-law.

Team Ireland take their medal haul to 34 at Special Olympics

Irish athletes continued to bring home the goods in Athens yesterday, winning seven more gold medals.

# athens - Wednesday 29 June, 2011

Gallery: Athens burns as riots seize the Greek capital Athens This post contains images

Gallery: Athens burns as riots seize the Greek capital

Over 100 people have been injured after another day of violence…

The Daily Fix: Wednesday Daily Fix This post contains videos

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

More violence in Greece, the Healy-Rae row just isn’t going away, Full Tilt Poker halts play and…remember that Volkswagen Vadar commerical? There’s an update.

Greece passes austerity measures

On the streets of Athens, they booed.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things to know this morning…

Fears as Greece set for crucial austerity vote

The country’s parliament will decide whether to pass a harsh new cuts package in the face of continuing violent protests.

Ireland takes 20 medals on day three at Special Olympics

Team Ireland has now won 23 medals at the Special Olympics in Athens.

# athens - Tuesday 28 June, 2011

Gallery: Police and protesters clash in Athens Athens This post contains images

Gallery: Police and protesters clash in Athens

The centre of Athens saw a protest turn violent as youths hurled rocks and fire bombs at riot police as a general strike brought Greece to a standstill.

Tear gas and violence in Athens as Greeks fight austerity Athens This post contains videos

Tear gas and violence in Athens as Greeks fight austerity

Stun grenades were used by police to try to calm the protests, which went on for several hours.

Ireland takes two more medals at the Special Olympics

Team Ireland now has three medals from the games, all in swimming.

# athens - Monday 27 June, 2011

Swimmer Aisling wins first Irish medal at Special Olympics

The Wicklow athlete succeeded on the first day of the games, which opened on Saturday night with a performance from soul legend Stevie Wonder.

# athens - Tuesday 21 June, 2011

Crunch time for Greece as government faces confidence vote

The Greek government needs to pass new austerity measures if the next installment of its bailout is to be approved.

# athens - Monday 20 June, 2011

Greece set for next loan and second bailout

Eurozone finance heads discussed the Greek crisis late into the night but what will it all mean for Ireland’s interests?

# athens - Sunday 19 June, 2011

From The Daily Edge Winehouse cancels part of European tour after Belgrade debacle WINE-HOUSE

Winehouse cancels part of European tour after Belgrade debacle

A spokesman said she cannot perform to the best of her ability at present. We wonder why?

# athens - Thursday 16 June, 2011

Greece prepares for new cabinet amid turmoil in the markets and on the streets of Athens

Reports indicate that the finance minister is likely to be replaced but who wants “the worst job in Europe”?

# athens - Wednesday 15 June, 2011

Embattled Greek PM to form new government

George Papandreou made the shock announcement after a day of violent street protests against austerity plans

The Daily Fix: Wednesday The Daily Fix This post contains images

The Daily Fix: Wednesday

All the news of the day, plus some bits and pieces you may have missed…

Tear gas fired at protesters in Greece as thousands march against austerity measures

Irish people living in Athens have told TheJournal.ie that violence is being caused by a small minority, and that life there has become very difficult.

# athens - Tuesday 24 May, 2011

Greek opposition party rejects new austerity plan

Despite the European Union’s insistence for cross-party support, Greece’s main opposition party has flatly refused to back new austerity measures aimed at tackling the country’s debt.

# athens - Wednesday 11 May, 2011

Anti-austerity protests turn violent in Athens Greece This post contains images

Anti-austerity protests turn violent in Athens

Thousands marched peacefully today, but at least five people have been injured and 24 arrested when police and protesters clashed in central Athens.

# athens - Friday 15 April, 2011

From The42 A Bluffer's Guide to... the Special Olympics Greece Is The Word This post contains images

A Bluffer's Guide to... the Special Olympics

The countdown is on for our athletes preparing for the Special Olympics in Athens this summer. Here’s everything you need to know on Special Olympics Ireland’s collection day.

# athens - Wednesday 23 February, 2011

Greece engulfed by riots amid national general strike

Violence flares as employees, shopkeepers and civil servants talk off the job to protest the government’s austerity programme.