Monday, 6 June 2011

Protests continue to haunt Greece

Protests continue to haunt Greece
“Unfortunately the government has turned the country into a colony, but this time a large, peaceful, and uniting rebellion is being formed. [A rebellion] that will change the fate of the country,” Panaylotis Lafazanis of the Parliamentary Group of SYRIZA (Coalition of Radical Left).
Protesters are continuing to demonstrate against the Greek government, which agreed on a new bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union on Friday in return for new austerity measures.
Workers from the public and private sector marched to the ministry of finance, chanting slogans against the Greek government’s new agreement with the IMF and EU.
This is the eleventh consecutive day that anti-government demonstrations have been held in the country.
Greece received a EUR 110 billion EU-IMF bailout loan last year but did not manage to resolve its massive financial problems. Greece has a debt of over EUR 300 billion.
Since last year, Greece has witnessed massive anti-government protests which turned violent at times and left scores of protesters and security forces dead or injured.
A recent poll published in the Greek daily To Vima reported that the Greeks no longer have confidence in their government’s ability to pull the country out of their national debt.

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