Lefteris Papadimas and Kirsten Donovan
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
ATHENS/LONDON (Reuters) – Striking public workers challenged the Greek government’s bailout-for-austerity deal with the EU and IMF on Tuesday as investors fretted about Athens’ ability to push through ambitious budget cuts.
The main public sector union, ADEDY, began a 48-hour national strike that shut down ministries, tax offices, schools, hospitals and public services, with thousands of protesters converging on parliament in the center of the Greek capital.
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Greek police guarding parliament fired teargas at a small group of protesters who threw rocks and bottles at them.
“We want an end to the freefall of our living standards,” said Spyros Papaspyros, the head of ADEDY, which represents about half a million workers in the Aegean nation of 11 million.
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