Greek police have fired pepper spray at retirees taking part in an anti-austerity protest against pension cuts in central Athens near the prime minister’s office. About 1,000 people, some of them with canes, took part in Monday’s protest.
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Dozens of protesters at the front of the rally tried to break through a police cordon and chanted “Shame on you, shame on you!”
The protesters were trying to tip over a riot police bus when officers fired the pepper spray. Greece’s left-wing government has imposed new cuts on pensions this year as part of its bailout commitments to international lenders, with the International Monetary Fund pressing for deeper cuts.