Rioting in Greece against new austerity measures


You know it’s bad when the police are rioting against the new austerity measures assigned from Brussels…

As KeepTalkingGreece reports, tension between protesters from police, fire brigades and coast guard on one side and riot police on the other side broke out shortly after 8 o’ clock in the evening on Wednesday when the angry protesters tried to break the police cordon and enter the Greek Parliament.

Riot policemen and protesters pushed and shouted at each other, with protesters shouting “Disgrace! Disgrace!”

Members of of the Greek Police, the Fire Brigades and the Coast Guard marched to the Parliament on the general strike day protesting the new austerity package that will be voted on Thursday at the Parliament.

It was due to the intervention of the coolest among the people form both sides that the situation did not get out of control.

Protesters were furious at Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, who had promised that there would be no wage cuts in the special payrolls. Kammenos had also promised them they would be paid retrospectively the wages cuts they had suffered due to the previous bailout agreements. The Supreme Court had ruled that they should be exempted from the cuts.

They chanted slogans against the Defense Minister.

A day earlier, the Police Union had warned that the government will find them on the opposite side. According to Greek media, the government considers to add some last minutes modifications in the 4.90-billion euro omnibus bill to exempt the Armed Forces from further cuts in wages, pensions and some benefits.

On wonders, when police officers occupy a public building, what should the average unemployed, the low-pensioner and the mother in need do?