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Pepper spray fired at Greek retirees in anti-austerity rally

  • Pensioners rock a police bus that blocked their protest as they were taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister's office on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. About 1,000 people,took part in Monday's protest.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Pensioners rock a police bus that blocked their protest as they were taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister's office on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. About 1,000 people,took part in Monday's protest.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pensioner protects his face after Greek police fired pepper spray at retirees taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister's office on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. About 1,000 people, took part in Monday's protest.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A pensioner protects his face after Greek police fired pepper spray at retirees taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister's office on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. About 1,000 people, took part in Monday's protest.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • A pensioner shouts toward riot police officers after they  fired pepper spray at retirees taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister's office on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. About 1,000 people,  took part in Monday's protest.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    A pensioner shouts toward riot police officers after they fired pepper spray at retirees taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister's office on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. About 1,000 people, took part in Monday's protest.(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

Greek police have fired pepper spray at retirees taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister's office.

About 1,000 people, some of them with canes, took party in Monday's protest. Dozens of protesters at the front of the rally tried to break through a police cordon and chanted "Shame on you, shame on you!"

The protesters were trying to tip over a riot police bus when officers fired the pepper spray.

Greece's left-wing government has imposed new cuts on pensions this year as part of its bailout commitments to international lenders, with the International Monetary Fund pressing for deeper cuts.