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live Greek Easter in times of crisis

13 April 2012 / 14:04:28  GRReporter
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Demoralised Greeks who are filling the city squares and world news with their anger against the stringent measures for financial savings are preparing to celebrate worthily the greatest Orthodox holiday. The Greeks who have suffered so many cuts in income got into their cars and headed for various destinations, apparently without saving any money on petrol at least. Long lines were formed at the toll stations of the main highways. On the Elefsina highway, which connects mainland Greece with the Peloponnese the line of cars reached two kilometers.

    The traffic police is on high alert and will apply extraordinary security measures on Sunday, when the school holidays end on Saint Thomas' Day. Bus drivers and dock workers ended their strike and transport in the country is working at full speed. Vessels in the Cycladic Islands, Dodecanese and Crete are 100-percent full. 16 ships will sail today from the port of Piraeus towards the Saronic Gulf. For the same destination from Rafina 10 ships will sail and from Lavrio - 6. Yesterday 78 vessels sailed away from Athens carrying 50,000 economically pressured Greeks and 7200 cars boarded.

Of course, Greek destinations were chosen by the less well-off Greeks, while the elite traditionally headed towards New York, London and other destinations popular at the time of serious economic crisis. "The standard of living of the Greeks is constantly dropping, but apparently it never reaches a really low level", observed a Norwegian journalist who visited Athens during these days and was impressed by the lifestyle of the unemployed young Greeks.

Tags: Easter economic crisis celebration financial savings Orthodox holiday Society
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