Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thousands of angry Greek recall to Spain in protest against the Government

At least 7,000 people, police said, met on Wednesday in a peaceful manner in Syntagma Square (Constitution) of Athens, in response to a call of "outraged" Greek to protest against government austerity measures. The concentration in the square facing the Greek Parliament began at 18.00 hours after the call through social networks such as Facebook made by the "outraged" following the model of the protesters who have camped in Spanish plazas.

"Let them go!, You go!" Chant the protesters, who had been asked to come with a white shirt, while they sounded whistles and drums. "Thieves, thieves!", Is heard shouting to various groups who direct their anger against politicians, while others sing the national anthem. This is the first time a non-partisan initiative convened by internet brings so many people, after the economic crisis has brought the country to the brink of bankruptcy.

The images of the event in Athens is broadcast live on the website of the channel 'Skai', while similar protests were also reported in Thessaloniki and Patras. Among the protesters may be a sign written in Castilian and in the colors of the Spanish flag: "We are awake What time is it? It's time to go." The congregation also ask MPs to approach the windows of Parliament, while shouting "shame!" Another banner bears the motto a verse of the writer Nikos Kazantzakis: "I do not believe in anything, do not expect anything.

I'm free." The police continue the protests without intervention and so far, there have been no acts of violence. The protest came on the same day that he arrived in Athens, a team of experts from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to review the new program of privatization and austerity measures that Greece intends to reduce its deficit and avoid the bankruptcy.

The inspectors held a meeting with Greek Minister of Finance Giorgos Papaconstantinou, to review the program of privatization and restructuring of state assets with which it seeks to collect 50,000 million euros until 2015 and reduce debt by 20 points, which already reaches 153% of Gross Domestic Product.

The experts also reviewed until June 6 austerity measures by 28,000 million euros, including deeper cuts in pensions and retirement, plus taxes and the merger or closure of several state agencies to cut red tape in one quarter with compared to 2009. The conclusions of experts depends if it's fifth installment, Athens of 12,000 million euros, of an international loan of 110,000 million euros in the eurozone and the IMF.

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