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Greece is in a strike coma again

26 September 2012 / 13:09:40  GRReporter
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Victoria Mindova

Public institutions, municipalities, physicians’ offices, law firms, courts, schools, universities, kindergartens, banks, petrol stations, museums and railways remain closed during the first nationwide strike this autumn. It is conducted by the union of public sector employees (ADEDY) and the unions of private sector employees (GSEE) and is against the adoption of the fiscal consolidation measures. The motto of the protest is "SOS! Let’s save the country, but the people first."

Flights are suspended from 10 am to 1 pm and trolleys and buses in Athens will not leave the garages until Thursday morning. Port workers will stop working at the same time too and ships and ferries will not be sailing. The Athens underground is running normally in the city centre and the suburbs, but will not be running in the section from Doukisis Plakentias station to "Eleftherios Venizelos" airport. Commercial sites, shops and production workshops will stop work to join the strike.

The protest meetings begin in the centres of Athens and Thessaloniki at 11 am and a protest march from the University of Athens to Syntagma Square is expected to take place in the capital. The trade union of the Greek Communist Party PAME is holding a parallel meeting in Omonia Square, which will merge with the other protests in the square in front of parliament.

Riot forces are deployed in different areas of the city centre and are ready for action.

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