Tens of thousands join nationwide Greek anti-austerity protests
ATHENS (AFP) - Thousands of Greeks joined new anti-austerity protests on Wednesday, causing massive disruption to flights, ferries and hospital services in the debt-ridden country's first general strike this year.
About 15,000 protesters took part in a Communist-organised demonstration in Athens and 20,000 more joined protests organised by other unions, according to police figures.
Another 15,000 people marched in Greece's northern metropolis Thessaloniki, local authorities said.
The nationwide strike - the first general work stoppage in Greece this year - forced airport authorities to scrap or reschedule dozens of flights while hospitals operated on reduced staffing.