Police and protesters have clashed in Spain, Italy and
Portugal as millions of workers went on strike in organised
labour's biggest Europe-wide challenge to austerity policies
since the euro zone debt crisis erupted three years ago.
Greek police fired teargas and water cannon at protesters
hurling petrol bombs outside parliament in one of the biggest
rallies in months against the cuts the country must approve
if it is to secure aid and avert bankruptcy.
Greece's parliament has given initial approval to a new round
of belt-tightening needed to avert default, despite violent
protests during the biggest rally in two years against the
bitterly resented measures.