Greek Workers, Youths Protest Austerity Measures In Athens PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 15 May 2010

ATHENS (Dow Jones)--Hundreds of Greek workers and youths gathered in central Athens Thursday to protest government austerity measures a week after deadly riots killed three people in a firebomb attack on a local bank.

The peaceful rally, held just meters away from the site of last week's attack, drew less than 1,000 demonstrators.

The Greek government recently unveiled tough austerity measures and pension reforms in exchange for an EUR110 billion loan from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The measures have stoked anger from Greece's unions even as recent opinion polls show broad support for the reforms.

Earlier Wednesday the country's two major unions, private sector GSEE and its public sector counterpart ADEDY, called a nationwide 24-hour general strike for May 20 to oppose the reforms.

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