Greek civil servants protest against austerity measures ends, more to follow

09:25, April 28, 2010      

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Greek protesters denounce austerity measures and the activation of the EU-IMF support mechanism for Greek economy during a demonstration in the centre of Athens, capital of Greece, on April 27, 2010. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

Thousands of protesters marched peacefully in the center of Athens in front of the parliament on Tuesday evening in one more demonstration organized by the umbrella union of civil workers' ADEDY, denouncing the austerity measures and the activation of the EU-IMF financial aid plan for Greece.

"Employees will culminate the struggle against the unfair policies of the Greek government, the European Union and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). We are not willing to pay for their crisis," a statement by ADEDY stressed, as protesters raised banners with slogans against cutbacks on salaries, tax raises and the resort to the EU-IMF safety net.

"We simply cannot accept a worse future, due to others' mistakes. They cannot ask from low income citizens to tighten the belts more, when billions of euros were wasted for nothing," protesters like Lambros Papanikolaou, a 37-year-old public employee who fears more measures and even lay offs, told Xinhua.

Under more and more intense pressure from markets, EU partners and IMF the Greek government repeatedly said that all necessary painful changes will be implemented to save the debt-ridden country from worse, but many Greek people still do not agree.

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