Greece is gearing up for more opposition to an austerity programme aimed at ending its debt crisis.
A protest on Tuesday outside the Stock Market in Athens was a prelude to the latest 24 hour strike by public and private sector unions. Left-wing demonstrators also blockaded the offices of the European Commission in the Greek capital, as visiting EU inspectors checked on the efforts being made.
One protester described the rally as a “peaceful, symbolic action.” He accused the EU team of demanding that Greece implement a retirement age of 70, reduce wages and suspend salary supplements many get on top of basic pay.
According to opinion polls, most Greeks back the government’s austerity measures – provided the pain is fairly shared. But, in fresh industrial action, unions representing half of Greece’s workforce are walking off the job this Wednesday. Much of the country is set to grind to a halt.