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Angry people attacked minister and deputy’s cars, four protesters were evacuated by ambulance, the journalist Tasos Teloglou was beaten

15 June 2011 / 13:06:43  GRReporter
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Slightly up the street, at least 100 police motorcycles and police officers patrolled along the lane where the cars of ministers and deputies were on their way to the Parliament and the office of the Prime Minister. They did not let anyone to get close to the crossing with Vasileos Georgiou Street. However, the people who were behind the police cordon managed to hit a few cars with water bottles. The protesters shouted in unison "Thieves! Thieves!" in the appearance of any car with tinted windows that was necessarily accompanied by several police motorcycles. A dozens of groups of protesting youths, middle-aged people and pensioners were at the end of each crossing, arguing with the police and trying to convince them that they are not in different camps with them. "Are you not ashamed of keeping them?" "Is it worth standing up against us and protecting them for such low wages?" and "Don’t you have children?" were some of the most frequent exclamations.
 
After being calm for some time the groups of protesters behind the police buses began to rebel again. Some people began throwing empty bottles of water, tins of soft drinks and even small stones. The police responded with tear gas and pushed the protesters further back. They themselves moved away and turned down several containers of waste. Someone tried to ignite them, but failed. After a while most of the protesters left for Syntagma Square in front of the Parliament to continue their protest there.

Meanwhile, the extraordinary meeting between the Prime Minister George Papandreou and the President of Greece Karolos Papoulias that started at 13.00 h ended. The meeting lasted one hour. The Prime Minister did not make any statement while leaving the presidential palace. According to preliminary information, George Papandreou requested the President to convene the national council of political leaders in another desperate attempt to achieve political consensus on the reforms in the country.

The world markets did not respond well to today's general strike in Greece. The index of the Athens Stock Exchange "dived" by 3.5% down. The spread-index of government securities of 10-years maturity crossed the psychological barrier of 1500 bp and stopped at 1508. There is a serious increase in the CDS-insurances against bankruptcy.

Tags: DemonstrationGreeceAttacked ministers and deputiesPoliceTension
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