With the reign of austerity continuing in Greece, an ultimatum accompanying the modest debt relief granted the nation by the financial oligarchs of the Troika earlier this week, Greeks held a general strike today and turned out on the streets.
A nationwide strike in Greece against spending cuts disrupted public transport, state-run schools, ferries and national rail services Thursday, and left public hospitals running with emergency staff.
More than 7,000 demonstrators marched in three separate demonstrations in the capital to protest against cost cuts the government is taking to satisfy its bailout creditors.
“We can either accept our continuing descent into poverty or fight against it,” theater actor Dionysis Xenakis said.
He was joined at the rally by musicians playing drums, as a nearby group of demonstrators chanted “People, fight back. They’re drinking your blood.”
Protests were held in cities around Greece, with more than 5,000 at marches in the country’s second largest city, Thessaloniki.