Senior citizens are the latest to march in protest in Greece against the government’s emergency austerity measures.
Their pensions may be frozen if draconian supplementary budget cuts go through parliament as the Greek economy battles against shipwreck and currency speculators.
Nearly five billion more euros will be taken out of the budget in the government’s third austerity plan in as many months.
“Things are going to be really difficult for both pensioners and workers. It’s going to be really bad,”
said one protestor.
“They should be ashamed they have ruined Greece. The Greek people have made so many sacrifices and fought so many battles, they should leave,” was another typical response among the marchers.
Prime Minister George Papandreou says he is willing to pay any price to ensure Greece does not go bankrupt under the burden of its huge debt. This may mean raising VAT by two points to 21 percent, cutting public sector bonuses by 30 percent and raising taxes on luxury goods.
Trades unions have called a general strike for March 16.