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Thousands of Greeks of all ages gathered in Athens on Thursday night to protest against the government’s austerity measures.

The protesters were in Syntagma Square in response to an online campaign inspired by the recent turnouts in Spain. Crowds shouted and waved banners at politicians inside the parliament building.

Protester Alexandra said she wanted to see different people in power:

“All these measures they are taking are against the workers, against the citizens. Why should the citizens pay for the thieves who took our money? They must pay, they must all end up behind bars and new, worthy people should come to power.”

Despite receiving a 110 billion euro bailout in 2010, Greece is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Political party leaders will meet on Friday to discuss measures to reduce the country’s large deficit.