Riot police and protesting members of communist union PAME clashed on Thursday morning in Athens. Police fired tear gas and scuffled with protesters, Greek media report of several protesters to have suffered head injuries, among them also Babis Aggourakis, lawmaker from communist party KKE.
The clashes broke out when protesters pushed away the policemen who were building a chain and set to march towards the Finance Ministry.
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Pictures show police deliberately attacking protesters with batons.
KKE MP Babis Aggourakis (more pictures zougla.gr)
PAME unionists from several sectors like construction and clothing had launched a protest march to raise their voices against the increasing unemployment in Greece.
The protest coincided with the visit of German President Joachim Gauck in Athens with draconian security measures and the ban of demonstrations in the city’s center. But the protest was unrelated to Gauck’s visit.
Later, municipality unionists and teachers launched also a protest against the lay-offs in public sector.