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AFP:Thousands of Greek protesters assemble in the capital
By Will Vassilopoulos (AFP) – 1 hour ago
.ATHENS — Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens late Sunday on the 12th consecutive day of protests against the government's draconian austerity measures.
Over 50,000 people, according to police estimates, thronged the capital's central Syntagma square for a peaceful demonstration responding to calls for gatherings across Europe. Some 3,000 people also gathered in Greece's second largest city, Thessaloniki, according to the police.
"Thieves, thieves," the crowd chanted waiving Greek flags, but also flags from Spain, Portugal, Tunisia and Argentina.
"You got the disease we got the solution. Revolution," one banner proclaimed.
Sunday's gathering appeared to be the largest since protests began over a week ago.
The non-political, non-ideological demonstrations are modeled by a similar mobilization in Spain led by a group calling themselves 'the indignants'