(6 Sep 2012) About 1500 uniformed police men, coast guards and firefighters gathered outside the Panathinian stadium in downtown Athens on Thursday, in protest against austerity cuts.
Policeman Fotis Dimitriou, whose wife is unemployed, said he can no longer support his family of seven.
“We work on weekends, we work on holidays, we work around the clock, we fight crime and its perpetrators, we take bullets; we can’t do this anymore.”
Greece’s coalition government is hammering out a new 11.5 billion euro (14.4 billion US dollar) austerity package for 2013-14, demanded by rescue creditors from other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.
The new cuts, though not yet finalised, are likely to see further cuts to benefits as well as pensions and several groups of employees on the state payroll, including the police.
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