Greeks rally demand to end austerity

Protesters gather in front of the Athens parliament during a pro-government rally calling on Greece’s European and International Monetary creditors to soften their stance in the cash-for-reforms talks.

Greeks rally demand to end austerity

World Bulletin / News Desk 

Some 3,000 Greeks rallied in front of the parliament in Athens on Wednesday in an effort to support Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as Greece’s international creditors insist on further austerity measures, TRT News World reported.

The demonstration that appeared to be organised via social media mainly comprised of supporters of the ruling left-wing Syriza party.

The protest followed as the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pushed for further austerity measures including cuts on pensions and increases to value added tax.

On Wednesday, Greece’s Central Bank also warned that the country will encounter a possible “painful” exit from the eurozone and even from the EU looming towards a default if it cannot reach a bailout deal with international creditors.

Protesters held various colourful banners including a sign bearing a map of the EU and a part of the mask of Darth Vader, the fictional arch-villain from the Star Wars films, while chanting slogans like “Democracy cannot be blackmailed” and “Our lives don’t belong to the lenders.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2015, 15:20