Ngebray.com,- Greek anti-austerity protesters clash with police. On Wednesday, their anger spilled onto the streets. Some with masked faces throw projectiles at the police who respond by firing teargas. Thousands went on strike and took to the streets a day before a parliamentary vote on further spending cuts. They walked off their jobs marching through central Athens against the latest proposed reforms on Thursday the government will vote on the measures demanded by international lenders in exchange for a third bailout.
Demonstrators are frustrated by asphyxiating austerity imposed by creditors as a condition for a bailout. It’s hoping to get debt relief as a reward after an EU meeting next week. No more they say, “This robbing from the workers and the pensioners has gone far enough. They’ve sunk us to the lowest levels“.
Athens needs the funds to urgently repay eight-point 18 billion dollars and is maturing in July. But in order to receive the aid, it’s being asked to make more cuts to pensions and reduce tax-free allowance on income. For more than six years, Greeks have been living under the tough austerity measures. Unemployment is at about 25% in Greece and almost 1 youth in 2 is jobless. The economy and society are deteriorating.
In 2015 Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pledged to stop the cuts. Now it seems there’s a lot more riding on that promise.
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