Hundreds rally in support of new left-wing government in Greece
Hundreds of people gathered in London today for a rally in support of the new left-wing government in Greece.
Politicians, trade union leaders and other activists were among those who spoke in support of Syriza, which swept to power last month with a pledge to fight the EU's austerity policies.
Members of left-leaning groups from across Europe gathered in Trafalgar Square as part of a pan-European wave of rallies and protests this weekend.
It was organised by the Greece Solidarity Campaign, Syriza London and other organisations including Left Unity.
Christos Giovanopoulos, an activist from Greek group Solidarity for All, told the crowd that the win for Alexis Tsipras' party had allowed Greece to escape a "regime of austerity and social barbarism".
"We understand that whatever happens in Greece depends not only on the Greek people, if we want to be successful we have to build an international movement and we have to bring the insurgency and the overthrow of the system everywhere," he said.
"We should do our best altogether to not allow the capitalists of Europe to unite against Greece, we should do altogether whatever it takes in order to give, to spread, the contamination of the revolt everywhere, to fight for the success of (Spanish left-wing party) Podemos and their movements in Spain, to fight for political change in this country, to strengthen our movements from below and strengthen our relationships and roots with the people. This is the secret."
Billy Hayes, the general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU), who was representing the Trades Union Congress, added: "The TUC both in this country and internationally, has said this: the international financial institutions and European authorities need to respect the voice of the Greek people."
David Cameron last week warned that the stalemate between Athens and the eurozone over Greece's debts needs to be resolved to prevent damage to the British economy.
After meeting Mr Tsipras at a Council of Europe meeting in Brussels on Friday, Mr Cameron warned the longer the stand-off continued the worse it would be for the continent.
The UK has called for both sides in the dispute to act responsibly