Wednesday 15 June 2011

Resistance in Athens

Protests in Greece

Today is the 22nd day that the Indignant have been taking over Syntagma (Constitution) Square in Athens.

It is also a general strike in Greece: public transport, shops, services, banks - everything is closed and people have joined the Indignant to demonstrate against the new measures being proposed by the PASOK government.

Thousands of police have been mobilised to deal with the demonstrators

The demonstrators were determined not to allow MPs to enter Parliament to prevent them discussing the midterm fiscal plan that would introduce new austerity measures and for that purpose a plexiglas wall was erected in front of the Parliament building.

Τα ΜΑΤ γύρισαν τις ασπίδες ανάποδα! Δεν είναι με την κυβέρνηση!

The MPs got in with the help of the riot police who then turned their shields towards the Parliament building. The message was clear: you have asked us to do a job, we have done it, but we do not support you.

Demonstrators clashed with police later who responded with tear gas.

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