Tens of thousands have filled city streets across Greece in protest of the government’s deep-cutting austerity measures. The 24-hour general strike comes amid projections of 30 percent unemployment this year. An estimated 40,000 people marched through the capital city on Wednesday in an effort to curb fiscal policies they say are damaging recovery efforts.

“We won’t become slaves in the 21st century,” read one banner spotted at a union march in Athens. Unions called the strike to force the government to do more for workers, including strengthen collective bargaining rights and heal the ailing labor market. Among the tens of thousands on Wednesday were at least 15,000 members of a union linked to Greece’s communist party, carrying banners with “No to modern sweatshops, hands off collective labor agreements.” MORE

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