Police in Athens have fired teargas and stun grenades at protesters, some of whom were dressed in Nazi uniforms, demonstrating against a visit by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Merkel is in the Greek capital for a brief talk with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Karolos Papoulias to discuss Greece's faltering economy.

The protests, which featured a heavy Nazi theme, turned violent when demonstrators attempted to break down a barrier blocking the route to the Greek Parliament.

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Greeks are angry at the countries austerity measures

Many Greeks see Germany as being responsible for the crippling austerity measures that the country is having to endure in order to secure european bailout funds.

It is feared that a collapse of the Greek economy would quickly spread around the Eurozone causing financial armageddon.

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Some protestors were dressed in Nazi uniform

The Greek economy is in the direst of straits. It has shrunk by 23% in the past five years and debt stands at 346bn euros, or 179% of GDP. By comparison, the UK's is 66% of GDP.

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Mina Botsi, 50, an unemployed mother of two, told news agency Reuters: “Merkel should go home. Why is she here? She’s hurt us enough. The only thing she wants is more and more austerity. We can’t take it anymore.”

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  • Protestors run away from tear gas during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

  • Protestors run away from tear gas during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

  • Riot police confront a demonstrator during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel said Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

  • Riot police fight with demonstrators during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

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  • A protestor throws a piece of metal towards the police during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens on Tuesday Oct. 9, 2012. German chancellor Angela Merkel says Greece has covered "much of the ground" required for recovery, during her landmark visit to the financially stricken country. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. The rallies were mostly peaceful, but police briefly clashed with several dozen demonstrators and detained more than 50 people throughout the day.(AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

  • Riot police confront a demonstrator during clashes in front of the parliament in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Paying her first visit to Greece in five years, German chancellor Angela Merkel's arrival triggered protests attended by some 50,000 demonstrators in Athens. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)

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    Protesters clash on October 9, 2012 with riot police protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Protesters clash on October 9, 2012 with riot police near the Greek Parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Protesters clash on October 9, 2012 with riot police protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Protesters place on October 9, 2012 Nazi flags on a fence protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens before burning them during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester throws a bottle towards riot police outside a barrier errected to protect the Greek parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the vist of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 9, 2012. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester throws a bottle towards riot police outside a barrier errected to protect the Greek parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the vist of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 9, 2012. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester throw stones towards riot police outside the Greek parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the vist of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 9, 2012. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester is detained by riot police outside the Greek parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the vist of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 9, 2012. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester holds a plackard of German Chancellor Angela Merkel featuring a Hitler moustache near the Greek parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the vist of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 9, 2012. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester stands infront of riot police near the Greek parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the vist of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 9, 2012. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester runs from riot police near the Greek parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the vist of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on October 9, 2012. Athens went into security lockdown for a landmark visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an austerity hate figure in Greece whose arrival will be greeted by union and opposition party protests. Thousands of police fanned out across the capital, creating a large safety zone for Merkel's meetings with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and President Carolos Papoulias in which all gatherings and protests have been banned. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Protesters try on October 9, 2012 to move a fence protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    A protester throws an object on October 9, 2012 at riot police protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Protesters try on October 9, 2012 to move a fence protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Protesters clash on October 9, 2012 with riot police protecting the Greek Parliament in Athens during a demonstration against the visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Police in Athens on October 9 fired teargas to disperse protesters who tried to storm a steel barricade near the parliament as Merkel held meetings with Greek leaders a few blocks away. Some 25,000 protesters have massed in the capital to protest against the visit of Merkel, the leader of Europe's strongest economy who is seen as an instigator of tough austerity policies imposed on the recession-hit country since 2010. AFP PHOTO /LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, left, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a meeting at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Merkel makes her first visit to Greece since the eurozone crisis began here three years ago. Her five-hour stop is seen by the government as a historic boost for the country's future in Europe's shared currency, but by protesters as a harbinger of more austerity and hardship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool)

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    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting with Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, not seen, at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Merkel makes her first visit to Greece since the eurozone crisis began here three years ago. Her five-hour stop is seen by the government as a historic boost for the country's future in Europe's shared currency, but by protesters as a harbinger of more austerity and hardship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool)

  • Angela Merkel

    Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting with Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, not seen, at the Maximos mansion in Athens, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Merkel makes her first visit to Greece since the eurozone crisis began here three years ago. Her five-hour stop is seen by the government as a historic boost for the country's future in Europe's shared currency, but by protesters as a harbinger of more austerity and hardship. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, Pool)