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16:57 | 08.11.2012

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New austerity measures were voted - More than 100.000 demonstrators gathered on Syntagma Square

Yesterday, and after a completely anti-constitutional “express process” that lasted for less than 24 hours, the Greek Parliament voted for the new austerity measures prescribed in the 800 pages (!) of the 3rd Memorandum (cuts of 13,5 billion Euro).

The second day of the 48-hour general strike of the trade-unions reached its momentum today, after 17.00 local time, when more than 100.000 demonstrators gathered on Syntagma Square and surrounded the Parliament.

Heavy rain did not prevent the citizens of Athens from joining the demonstration.


Yesterday, and after a completely anti-constitutional “express process” that lasted for less than 24 hours, the Greek Parliament voted for the new austerity measures prescribed in the 800 pages (!) of the 3rd Memorandum (cuts of 13,5 billion Euro).

The second day of the 48-hour general strike of the trade-unions reached its momentum today, after 17.00 local time, when more than 100.000 demonstrators gathered on Syntagma Square and surrounded the Parliament.

Heavy rain did not prevent the citizens of Athens from joining the demonstration.

During the demonstration, the 71 MPs of SYRIZA USF temporarily left the Room of the Parliament, holding a banner with the slogan “You destroyed the country! Leave now!” and joined the demonstrators on the Square.

But the Riot Police did everything possible to “clean up” the Square before the time of the final vote: Water cannons (first time that they were used in Greece), stun grenades and extensive use of tear-gas.

In total there were more than 100 arrests and at least 5 injured demonstrators.

The voting process ended at around 00:30 am local time.The 3rd Memorandum has been ratified.

RESULTS:In favor: 153/299
(126 New Democracy,27 PASOK)

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