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Greek workers protest against austerity measures

04-07-2011 09:01 BJT

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Greek municipal contract workers in Athens, have protested for a second day, over job losses. On Wednesday, they attempted to storm one of the mayor's offices. At a time when EU and IMF inspectors are visiting the capital to review progress on Greece's economic reforms.

Greek protesters try to storm an office of the Athens Mayor.

They're demonstrating as some municipal workers are losing their jobs due to the government's austerity programme.

Some workers are also occupying City Hall.

The cuts remain deeply unpopular among Greeks.

Greece received an EU / IMF bailout last year and is struggling to fulfill conditions of that bailout.

EU and IMF inspectors are currently in the country, monitoring its economic reforms.

They met with Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou.

So far, Athens has received 53 billion euros of the 110 billion euro rescue package - and is struggling to reduce its budget deficit from 9.6 percent last year - to 7.4 percent this year - and 2.6 percent in 2014.

The European Commission spokesman said on Wednesday they aren't aware of any talks concerning Greek debt restructuring - after press reports some euro zone countries are no longer ruling out restructuring.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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