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Strike over Greece austerity measures turns violent

The Greek capital was hit by another violent strike as its government edges closer to agreeing to another round of deep economic cuts. ITN's James Mates reports.


ATHENS -- A German flag was burned on the streets of the capital city on Tuesday as Greeks protest austerity measures meant to reduce the country's massive debt load.

Many Greeks believe they are being driven into poverty on orders from abroad, but on Tuesday German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to ease growing tension by promising she would not try to force Greece out of the euro.

Meanwhile, Greek political parties delayed action on the latest round of cuts that are expected to slash wages, pensions and health care. 

ITN reports on the violent strike in Athens. See video above.