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More protests loom before Greece 2013 budget vote

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More protests loom before Greece 2013 budget vote


More demonstrations are being planned in Athens on Sunday as the Greek parliament prepares to vote on next year’s budget.

They follow last week’s 48-hour general strike as unions protested against the latest unpopular austerity law which was passed by MPs. The measures will further cut salaries and pensions and increase taxes.

The government claims they are needed to help secure the next package of international loans.

But Greece’s euro partners, and especially Germany, say Athens must first pass next year’s budget.

The finance minister said Yannis Stournaras said on Saturday in parliament:

“The budget for 2013 marks the great effort made by Greek people in order to overcome the difficult economic situation and pave the way for a sustainable path of development, far from the danger of a disorderly bankruptcy and marginalisation.”

The minister also said some in the eurozone would like Greeks to be made sacrificial lambs for what he called “other delinquents of the EU periphery”.

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