"Unions began their fourth general strike of the year at midnight, protesting Prime Minister George Papandreou's five- year plan of budget cuts and asset sales. Police estimated about 12,000 people joined marches to Parliament on the first day of the 48-hour walkout. Authorities used tear gas around the central square in Athens to disperse hooded youths attacking police and smashing windows at a McDonald's Corp (MCD) restaurant."

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