Independent journalist unionists on strike
A general strike paralyzed Greece for the second time in February, as public and private sector workers protested announced austerity measures by the socialist government, as well as the forthcoming wave of sterner measures by the European Union, ECB & IMF to curb Greece's $420MEur deficit and to stem the financial crisis plaguing the eurozone, as more and more member states face similar predicaments. An estimated 40,000 marched in Athens in a mostly peaceful rally, although police reportedly kettled and provoked protesters, and attacked them with teargas, in violation of the Minister of Citizen Protection's pledge to ban chemical warfare after the brutal crackdown of protests last December. The Thessaloniki rally, with less than 4,000 marching in two distinct groups (the communist workers' block weaving around the main body), was markedly more subdued and peaceful, and dissolved when met with a downpour at it's ritual end, in front of the former Macedonia & Thrace Ministry.
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Photo reports from the strike in Athens by endiaferon, and in Thessaloniki, by Craig Wherlock and Orhan Tsolak