Greek Communist anti-austerity protesters storm labor ministry

From Reuters - January 9, 2018

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek demonstrators stormed the countrys labor ministry and confronted its chief on Tuesday in protest at moves torestrict the right to strike, a condition set by international creditors in exchange for bailout funds.

Athens is set to introduce legislation which could limit the frequency of strikes in the country, infuriating labor unions which regard industrial action as sacrosanct.

Using crowbars, about 500 demonstrators with Greek Communist-affiliated group PAME prised open metal shutters of the labor ministry in central Athens, racing up to the eighth floor of the building where about 50 of them came face to face with Labor Minister Effie Achtsioglou.

The 32-year old minister is a staunch leftist in the government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Visibly disturbed, Achtsioglou was silent as demonstrators shouted shame on you over legislation due to go to parliament this week.

Take it back, they shouted. I will not take it back, she responded.


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