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Protesters keep up the pressure on Greek MPs

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Protesters keep up the pressure on Greek MPs


As Greece’s parliament debates a string of measures demanded by eurozone states in exchange for a 130 billion euro bailout, Greek protesters are maintaining a presence outside the building.

Although MPs have a week to approve 3.3 billion euros in spending cuts, a vote is expected Thursday morning.

While the politicians debate, the workers, including civil servant unions, accuse them of stealing their lives and their futures.

Ilias Iliopolous, General Secretary of the ADEDY civil service union was adamant he would continue the fight: “We’re in a constant battle, it’s a constant effort. We will resist and overturn this policy. It doesn’t represent us. We are not bound by any of these agreements.”

Reflecting uncertainty that Athens can deliver, Fitch ratings agency joined others in downgrading Greece to junk status, claiming a default was likely.

Within parliament, the complex emergency debates are not likely to be an easy ride for the government. The conservative New Democracy partner in the current coalition with PASOK socialists is pushing for early elections and might only get on board in return for a set date.

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