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Riot police try to avoid a petrol bomb in Athens, during a 24-hour nationwide general strike on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. Greece was facing its second general strike in a month Thursday as workers protested over another batch of austerity measures that are designed to prevent the bankruptcy of the country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greek financial crisis

Greek rights groups warn of an explosion in racist violence over the past

year, with a notable surge since national elections in May and June 2012 that

saw dramatic gains by the far-right Golden Dawn party.