Athenians experienced another day of traffic distress as metro and urban trains were halted for five hours. The striking workers found a creative way to demonstrate and cover the long distances between Athens downtown (Greek Parliament) and the Transport Ministry. They rode motorbikes and honked in triumph through the streets of the city.
What no stranded metro and train passenger could suspect was that the sneaky workers were hiding lethal weapons in their pockets. Eggs and Flares! Which they hurled against the Transport Ministry once they arrived there.
There is no information about the exact number of the eggs, however with the current prices (€ 0,41/egg) I can only assume they were less than a six-pack or even last year’s Eastern Eggs coloured green and white, as featured at the emblem of governing party.
I cannot tell you anything about the number of the flares thrown either. I assume they cost more than eggs.
There are no confirmed reports as to whether the protesters actually meant a Valentine’s surprise to Transport Minister, Dimitris Reppas, but they just got confused in the shelves of the super market. In our super market for example eggs are sold next to chocolates…
The Minister, nevertheless surviving the eggy and smoky attack, will proceed the reform bill for vote to the Parliament tomorrow.
Therefore… all public transport means will be on hold tomorrow in Athens, Tuesday, February 15, 2011.
Strikers will gather at 04:00 pm at Kotzia Square and march towards the Parliament at Syntagma Square.
Public Transport workers threaten to contunue their strikes even after the bill has been passed.
Blue Bus workers have announced work stoppage for Wednesday, Feb 16, from 11:00 am to 04:00 pm. Check for updates!
Video: Public Transport Workers protest outside Greek Parliament