New Austerity Measures Spark Protests in Greece

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Massive labor strikes have turned violent in Greece as thousands of protesters have clashed with police in the streets of Athens. The demonstrators are protesting against proposed austerity measures that would lay off more than 30,000 public sector workers while cutting pensions and salaries for those left with jobs. The Greek Parliament will vote on the final austerity package today.

Theodora Oikonomides is protesting after being unemployed for eighteen months. She now plans to leave her home country for a job abroad.

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