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Death by a thousand cuts as the troika are back in Athens

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Death by a thousand cuts as the troika are back in Athens

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Public sector workers and others have taken to the streets of Athens to voice their fury at the harsh austerity measures handed down by international lenders.

The fresh protests come as the troika is in town to carry out yet another audit that will determine the release of a further 1 billion euros of bailout cash.

The unions have had enough.

Leader of the civil service union is Odysseus Drivalas: “The policy of layoffs, unemployment and deprivation can no longer continue. The government must either change or go.”

Greece is holding its breath, local media have pleaded with lenders not to impose any further austerity, claiming just one could cause more unwanted destabilisation.

This follows a defiant statement from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras where he said Greece would not agree to anymore cutbacks.