Saturday, January 13, 2018

Greek Police Fire Tear Gas at Athens Protesters; Thousands Protest against Future Austerity Bill

Riot police used tear gas on protesters in Athens, Greece yesterday, as thousands of people gathered in the streets to demonstrate against a new austerity bill coming up for a vote on January 15, the VOA News website reports today (January 13, 2018).

The police deployed tear gas when a small group of demonstrators tried to enter the parliament building.

The bill -- which has triggered demonstrations all week in the Greek capital -- is expected to be one of the last major packages of cuts before the end of Greece's European Union bailout package in August. It would limit workers' rights to strike and speed up property foreclosures.

The General Confederation of Greek Workers union (GSEE) said the bill "deals a killing blow to workers, pensioners and the unemployed... effectively eliminating even constitutionally safeguarded rights, such as the right to strike."

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