19 Oct '11, 9am

Strikes shuts down #Greece

Strikes shuts down #Greece

ATHENS: More than 60,000 protesters marched in Greek cities on Wednesday, police said, as a two-day general strike began against a new austerity bill demanded by Greece's international creditors to avert bankruptcy. The highest turnout was in Athens where over 52,000 people converged on central Syntagma Square, where parliament is located, in separate protests organised by unions but also joined by unaffiliated Greeks fed up with austerity cuts. "I work in the private sector and I'm in danger of losing my job," said a 45-year-old woman who declined to be named. "Our bosses are taking the opportunity of the crisis to cut wherever they can. I'm desperate. The government's measures are going from bad to worse without benefit for the country. We are all terrorised," she told AFP. Another 15,000 people demonstrated in the second city of Thessaloniki, local police said, and anot...

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