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Greek writers throw the book at austerity plan

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Austerity policies in Greece have a new enemy — but it's one which prefers civilized debate to angry street demonstrations.

Leading Greek writers and publishers gathered at a bookstore in central Athens Tuesday to express their opposition to the proposed lifting of price controls on books sold in the recession-hit country.

International rescue creditors are pressing for sweeping market deregulation detailed in a report last year by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and includes major changes to the sale of everything from bread to baby formula.

Authors and publishers at Tuesday's gathering said deregulation would give market control to chain stores, threaten publication of quality books in Greek and ultimately the country's national heritage.

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