Clashes broke out in Athens, Greece at the end of a demonstration during todays general strike against a new round of austerity measures. New protests are announced for tomorrow.
Written by Riot Turtle
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Yesterday we reported about 3 attacks with molotov cocktails against the chamber of commerce, Omonia police station and a riot cops squad at Polytechnic in Athens, Greece.
Todays general strike halted flights, ferries and public transportation, and thousands joined demonstrations against new austerity measures across the country. The coalition government of the wanna be leftwing “Syriza” party and the right nationalist “Independent Greeks” party will vote on a new bailout deal with the EU and the IMF on Thursday. The deal includes massive pension cuts and tax hikes.
Public hospitals were functioning with emergency staff only, while public transport was disrupted, leaving many main roads gridlocked in the capital. Intercity trains were not running, and there was no subway service between Athens airport and the city. Courts were shut while lawyers and notaries public backed away from official duties, and customs and local government offices were closed.
Air traffic controllers were holding a four-hour work stoppage in the middle of the day, leading to the rescheduling or cancellation of more than 150 flights. Ferries were also tied up in port until late Friday after seamen began a four-day strike Tuesday.
The billions that people were forced to pay to save the international banking industry, has led to spiraling poverty in Greece. After years of austerity rounds, the unemployment is still around 23% and the cuts provided international corporations a cheap labour market.
Short but very intense clashes broke out when a demonstration reached Greek parliament in Athens. In other cities there were similar demonstrations. Thousands of people took part in the protests. Tomorrow night there will be another demonstration in Athens. The struggle continues.