Actions this week against the cuts greece
- Monday 3/5 6.30 pm – blocking off of the ministry of Finance by Sintagma square with banners and sound-systems. Also, commencing of the hygiene workers’ strike; they are gathering at noon at Karaiskaki square in Athens; their strike is likely to turn into an indefinite one.
- Tuesday 4/5 the 48-hour general strike called by the union umbrella ADEDY commences. Teachers are also on strike and grassroots trade unions call for demonstrations across the country. Blocking off of the parliament building in the evening
- Wednesday 5/5 general strike called by GSEE and ADEDY
- Saturday 8/5 demonstrations by the grassroots trade unions across the country
- A fresh general strike will be called for early next week
Today the 48 hours strike started. Tonight, Agios Dimitrios’ and Vyrona’s town halls were occupied in the two Athens’ suburbs, by the unions of the municipal employees, while preparations for the tomorrow demonstration take place.
Teachers clash with police in Greek State TV Headquarters
Clashes erupted between teachers and riot police inside the Headquarters of the Greek State TV after the former entered the building trying to interrupt the speech of the Minister of Education
On Monday 4 May evening teachers invaded the Greek State TV (ERT) Headquarters in order to interrupt the interview of the Minister of Education Mrs Diamadopoulou concerning the new educational reform which is expected to lead to a radical devaluation of the greek educational system. Ms Diamandopoulou was rescued by a back door of the building, while ERT interrupted its main news broadcast refusing to let the teachers present their demands live. At the same time, strong police forces surrounded the building which they entered attacking the teachers. During the clashes within the building many people were reported as wounded. Soon hundreds of protesters gathered in solidarity outside the ERT Mansion forcing the riot police to allow the exit of the teachers. After their exit representatives of the teachers have gone public calling the PASOK government a “quisling government” comparing it to the Tsolakoglou Nazi-collaborator government of the 1940s. The teachers and solidarity protesters formed a demo and marched down Mesogeion Avenue.
The teachers have declared a 48h strike for the 4th and 5th of May in opposition to the educational reform which is believed will lead to a sharp devaluation of the educational system.