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Greeks see red over tough austerity measures

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Greeks see red over tough austerity measures


The streets of Athens became a sea of red earlier when the Greek Communist Party staged a huge protest.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators took part to urge the government to rescind tough austerity measures aimed at saving the national economy, but which some claim will drive many into poverty:

“The future looks bad for workers, farmers, those who don’t earn much. All these people have been strangled by capitalism, the banks, monopolies, the EU and the IMF,” claimed one demonstrator.

“We will only change things by waging battles and staging daily demonstrations like this,” was the opinion of another.

The measures include a public sector pay freeze, an end to holiday bonuses, cuts in allowances and pension adjustments.

Greek workers went on general strike on May the 5th, when petrol bombs were thrown at a bank in Athens, killing three employees.

Unions have called another nationwide stoppage for May the 20th.

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