Stunning photos show riot police surrounded by flames as 40,000-person protest cripples Athens

ATHENS, Greece — Tens of thousands joined anti-government protests across Greece Thursday as the country was crippled by a general strike against painful pension reforms demanded by bailout lenders.

In Athens, police said some 40,000 people joined rallies that ended with a brief outbreak of violence when anarchist protesters hurled rocks and petrol bombs at police outside Parliament.

AP Photo/Thanassis StavrakisRiot police try to avoid a petrol bomb thrown by protesters during a 24-hour...

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