2-day general strike shuts down Greece

ATHENS, Greece — A 48-hour general strike has grounded flights, disrupted public transport and shut down everything from custom's offices to shops and schools in Greece.

All sectors, from dentists, state hospital doctors and lawyers to shop owners, tax office workers, pharmacists and dock workers walked off the job Wednesday as unions lash out at another round of austerity measures to be voted on by lawmaker's Thursday.

Police deployed on the streets ahead of planned demonstrations, blocking a major road passing by Parliament and shutting down two metro stations. Demonstrations during a similar 48-hour strike in June left the center of Athens convulsed by violence as rioters set fire to cafes and clashed with police.