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Rhyming rally: Greek poets protest austerity

March 21, 2012
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ATHENS, Greece—It isn't often demonstrators quote from the works of Nobel laureates.

But in Athens on Wednesday, Greek poets joined anti-austerity protests, holding outdoor recitals at cultural sites in the city as they made their way to parliament.

Several hundred people attended the rally, along with dancers on stilts and a Latin music percussion band, to mark World Poetry Day.

Protest organizers said the event was aimed at encouraging Greeks to maintain their creative spirit as the country suffers through a fifth year of recession.

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