First the Arab world, then Madrid, now Athens. Outraged Greek youth has taken its lead from the Arab spring and Spanish protests over unemployment.
Thousands of mostly young people have heeded a Facebook campaign and demonstrated for a second night in Constitution Square, in front of the Greek parliament. Other cities saw similar if smaller protests.
It follows the Greek government’s announcement of a new wave of cost cutting reforms to tackle the debt crisis.
“Enough is enough. The time has come to react and fight back against all those who brought us to this situation,” said one jobless young woman.
“They should go and leave us alone. They have taken and stolen more than enough. We are outraged and that’s why we’re here,” said a male protester.
Athens has seen many union-organised protests against austerity measures, but this is described as the first major non-political rally.
But Greece’s EU Commissioner has warned that without tough sacrifices, the country’s euro membership is at risk.