Greek unions stage large protests as more austerity looms

Greece has spent most of the last eight years in recession and is currently going through its third major round of austerity measures tied to international bailout packages.

By: AP | Thessaloniki | Published:September 11, 2016 12:39 am
greece, protest, Greek union, Tsipras, anti-austerity protest, greek left wing, greece protests, government, anti-government march, Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras,Thessaloniki march, world news, indian express Protesters shout slogans as they take part in an anti-austerity demonstration during the opening of the annual International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in Thessaloniki, Greece on Saturday. (Source: Reuters)

About 15,000 protesters are taking part in anti-government rallies before a visit to Greece by bailout inspectors and plans by the left-wing government to impose more austerity measures after years of economic hardship.

The protesters, beating drums, waving black flags and holding helium balloons bearing anti-government slogans, marched through the center of Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, where Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was due to speak on the state of the nation’s economy.

Greece has spent most of the last eight years in recession and is currently going through its third major round of austerity measures tied to international bailout packages.