ATHENS, Greece - Greece's statistics agency says unemployment rose to 25.4 per cent in August, increasing from 24.8 per cent in July as the country struggles through a deep recession.

The numbers mark a significant leap from the 18.4 per cent jobless rate in the same month last year. More than 1.2 million people in this country of barely 10 million are now unemployed, the statistics agency said today.

More than half — 58 per cent — of all young people aged 15-24 are unemployed, the figures showed.

The numbers were released a day after Greece's parliament narrowly passed a deeply unpopular austerity bill that will further cut salaries and pensions.

The approval of the measures was a key step for Greece to be given the next instalment of its vital bailout loans.

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    A protester kicks a tear gas carnister away during clashes with riot police after a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb at riot police during a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, . Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb at riot police during a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, . Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters clash with police near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Thousands of protesters take part in a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, . Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters demonstrate outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, against the vote of the new economy austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Thousands of protesters take part in a demonstration against new austerity measures outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, . Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester protects himself near a kiosk at a street corner during clashes with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Food vendors escape from tear gas as protesters clash with riot police near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester smahes a bank sign during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters stand in front of parliament during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A youth clashes with riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws back a tear gas canister at police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Youths prepare to throw petrol bombs at riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester clashes with riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester clashes with riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People in wheelchairs protest against a new government austerity bill on the second day of a 48-hour general strike in Thessaloniki on 7 November, 2012. Greek lawmakers were locked in a fierce debate today ahead of a vote on a new austerity package needed to unlock international aid and stave off imminent bankruptcy, while facing a social unrest and public protests against billions more euros in tax hikes and pension cuts. AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against a new government austerity bill on the second day of a 48-hour general strike in Thessaloniki on 7 November, 2012. Greek lawmakers were locked in a fierce debate today ahead of a vote on a new austerity package needed to unlock international aid and stave off imminent bankruptcy, while facing a social unrest and public protests against billions more euros in tax hikes and pension cuts. AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Demonstrators take part in a protest against new government austerity bill, in Thessaloniki on November 7, 2012, as part of a 48-hour general strike. Greek lawmakers were locked in a fierce debate on Wednesday ahead of a vote on a new austerity package needed to unlock international aid and stave off imminent bankruptcy, while facing a social unrest and public protests against billions more euros in tax hikes and pension cuts. A general strike paralysed Athens for a second straight day, while Greeks plan to mass outside parliament to voice their opposition to further sacrifices as the country heads for its sixth year in recession.AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against new government austerity bill, in Thessaloniki on November 7, 2012, as part of a 48-hour general strike. Greek lawmakers were locked in a fierce debate on Wednesday ahead of a vote on a new austerity package needed to unlock international aid and stave off imminent bankruptcy, while facing a social unrest and public protests against billions more euros in tax hikes and pension cuts. A general strike paralysed Athens for a second straight day, while Greeks plan to mass outside parliament to voice their opposition to further sacrifices as the country heads for its sixth year in recession.AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters advance amid tear gas near the parliament during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester with a Guy Fawkes mask stands in front of riot police near the Greek parliament during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters run away from tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb as demonstrators clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester with a Guy Fawkes mask holding a Greek flag stands in front of riot police near the parliament during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters run away from tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man holding a Greek flag runs away from clashes between protesters and riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters walk amid tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters run away from tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters run away from tear gas near the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb as demonstrators clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester gestures in front of the Greek parliment during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Petrol bombs fall on riot police during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester kicks away a tear gas canister during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters stand in front of parliament during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester throws a petrol bomb as demonstrators clash with riot police outside the parliament in Athens on November 7, 2012, during a demonstration against new austerity measures. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A protester kicks a tear gas canister during a demonstration marking the second day of the 48-hours strike against new austerity measures, in Athens on November 7, 2012. Greek police today used tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting outside parliament ahead of a key vote on a new round of austerity measures. Some protestors responded by hurling petrol bombs at police forces as the demonstration by some 70,000 people in Athens briefly flared up, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO/ ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)