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Thousands protest against the measures, while parliament votes

06 May 2010 / 18:05:48  GRReporter
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Thousands of Athens citizens have gathered at this hour in front of Greek Parliament to protest against the strict financial measures, which are now being voted for by the MPs. "Leave the words, catch the criminals”, "Give back what’s stolen”, "Cops, pigs, murderers,” cheers the gathered on the Syntagma square crowd. The parliament building is surrounded by numerous police forces."Protect the brothel!" are screaming well-dressed young men at the police. 

"I am not protesting against the leaders of Greece, but against corruption. Where is Karamanlis hiding? Why didn’t he give a report on the last five years? I want things with health insurances and services in the public sector to improve and to resemble the European ones. Right now they are nothing like the European," calmly explains an ordinary Greek for a foreign television crew. 

The demonstration was organized by the two largest Greek unions GSEE and ADEDY. Protesters are carrying posters saying "If we do not act, we will starve”, “We will not pay for their crisis”, "Resistance, fight, rigor, in order to reverse policy”, “No to government measures, to IMF and to EU."

Olympia has a megaphone, with which gives slogans to demonstrators so they can all chant together. She has come to the demonstration alone and she does not belong to any party. "We must say ‘No!’ to IMF’s kick! There is a solution - to strengthen the workers and to make the thieves return what’s stolen. Everyone should have the right to vote," she said before the GRReporter’s team. For now the protest is peaceful. 

Another procession, organized by the communist union PAME is starting from Omonia square and is moving towards Syntagma square. For now there are no incidents. Tension arose at Korai Square where police checks everyone who wants to enter the city center.



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