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Greek protesters keep up pressure on government

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Greek protesters keep up pressure on government


Protesters in Greece have held a minute’s silence in memory of a demonstrator who died of a heart attack during rallies outside parliament on Thursday.

A 48-hour general strike against the latest austerity measures is over but civil servants kept up the pressure by taking to the streets of Athens.

Greeks can no longer bear the burden of the debt crisis, according to Ioannis Panagopoulos, Chairman of The General Confederation of Greek Workers.

“Workers can take no more,” the trade unionist lamented, urging the government and the country’s international creditors to change course.

Violent clashes accompanied parliament’s approval of fresh cutbacks, needed to secure fresh international bailout funds.

As a clean-up of the damage continues on the streets ahead of crucial EU talks, debt-ridden Greece is picking up the pieces in more ways than one.

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