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Greek police use stun grenades on protesters during Merkel visit

ATHENS, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Greek riot police fired stungrenades and pepper spray to push back protesters rallying onTuesday against visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Thousands of Greeks defied a protest ban to march onparliament during the visit, Merkel's first since the euro zonedebt crisis erupted in Greece three years ago.

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou)

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