Saturday 25 March 2017

Greek workers stage general strike

Protesters take part in a rally during a 24-hour strike in Athens
Protesters take part in a rally during a 24-hour strike in Athens

Greek workers are holding their fourth general strike this year against harsh austerity measures imposed by the cash-strapped government.

The action has shut down much of the country's public sector and brought transport to a standstill.

Ferries have stayed tied up at port, buses, the Athens metro and trains were suspended, and many schools and banks are closed, while public hospitals are working with emergency staffing levels.

Two protest marches are planned in Athens and police are braced for violence.

During Greece's last general strike on May 5, three workers died while trapped in a burning bank torched by rioters.

The violence broke out as tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the capital against the austerity measures.

Press Association

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