The Greeks are facing the Abyss

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Protestors hang out in front of the Greek parliament peacefully, while they are equipped with clubs and gas masks if the usual running battles with police should start. The Greek parliament is due to hold a key vote on new austerity measures on Wednesday. Both public and private sector unions have scheduled a general strike to coincide with the vote. The measures, including controversial tax hikes, wage reductions and other changes in labor regulations have to be passed if Greece hopes to receive fresh aid for the EU and the IMF.