Protesters break into gov’t building in Athens

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ATHENS, Greece — Protesters forced their way into a government building in Greece’s latest anti-austerity protests Wednesday, reaching just outside a minister’s office before being expelled and clashing with riot police outside.

Police detained more than 30 protesters, most union heads, sparking clashes with about 200 demonstrators gathered outside the Labor Ministry in central Athens. Police used pepper spray, batons and tear gas to repel them.

The government said the demonstrators caused damage inside the building and threatened the minister — an accusation the protesters adamantly denied.