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Clashes between police and Greek communists on the pension reform

08 January 2016 / 16:01:24  GRReporter
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Serious clashes between the Greek riot police forces and members of the union of the Greek Communist Party PAME shook up the centre of the Greek capital. The police used tear gas and light rockets to disperse the protesters who tried to break through Vassilis Sofias Avenue to parliament, which the police had blocked.

The demonstrators, whose march began at twelve o’clock from the Ministry of Employment and Social Security still managed to pass through the police cordon.

Heavy clashes followed that injured two people. One of them was taken by taxi to Evangelismos hospital to be given first aid.

The Greek media published photos that clearly show policemen beating protesting pensioners.

Photos: iefimerida.gr

The protesting supporters of the communist trade union aimed at arriving at the government residence Maximou that their followers had "conquered" since early morning.

They had arrived in front of the building at 07:45 am today by three buses that were allowed to pass through the otherwise heavily guarded street. To the surprise of the police forces that were outside the government residence, the buses stopped and the protesters got off and stayed on the sidewalk in front of the building.

Immediately afterwards, more police forces arrived there and secured the area. Despite its dynamics, the protest passed without tension. The protesters chanted slogans and held banners with protest messages like "Withdraw the monstrous plan for the destruction of social security prepared by the government, business circles and the European Union."

Tags: SocietyProtest against the pension reformPAME Greek Communist PartyClashes with police
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