Austerity: Thousands demonstrate in Greece in general strike over new cuts

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP / by John HADOULIS | Greeks take part in a demonstration marking a 24-hour general strike against a new round of austerity cuts imposed by the country’s international creditors in Athens, on May 17, 2017

ATHENS (AFP) – Thousands of Greeks demonstrated on Wednesday against a new round of austerity cuts in a 24-hour general strike that disrupted travel and shut down public services.

Around 12,000 people took part in separate protests in Athens and another 6,000 in Thessaloniki according to police, a day before the measures are to be approved by parliament.

During the Athens protest, hooded youths smashed the windows of a TV van and threw a firebomb at police, who responded with bursts of tear gas.

The walkout cut off maritime traffic for a second day while dozens of flights had to be cancelled or rescheduled and hospitals ran on emergency staff.

“We want to…

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