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Greek indignant return to protest austerity outside parliament

English.news.cn   2013-03-11 06:44:53            

 Greek indignant protesters clash with riot police in front of the Parliament in the Greek capital of Athens on March 10, 2013. About 500 indignant protesters come to Syntagma square to protest the harsh and painful austerity measures carried out by the government to counter debt crisis. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)

ATHENS, March 10 (Xinhua) -- Greek indignant returned to protest austerity outside the parliament building for first time after several months on Sunday evening with a symbolic rally which ended in minor scuffles with police forces.

"Poverty, unemployment, suicides. Enough is enough," was the main slogan chanted on Syntagma square by some 1,500 demonstrators non-affiliated with political parties who were mobilized through social media.

The protest ended in minor scuffles between demonstrators and police amid tear gas, as it has happened several times during anti-austerity demonstrations in Athens since the start of the severe debt crisis in late 2009.

Sunday's rally came as the government negotiates with envoys of international lenders in Athens since last week the next steps in a painful austerity and reform program aiming to pull Greece out of the crisis.

The latest protest was a mild reminder of the mass rallies staged by indignant in the summer of 2011, when hundreds thousands of citizens were denouncing cuts on salaries, pensions and tax hikes outside the parliament. Ever since protests organized by the so-called indignant have become symbolic.

Editor: Lu Hui
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