Greece bans protests during German finance minister’s visit


Reuters via AsiaOne
July 22, 2013

Greek police have banned protests in downtown Athens on Thursday during a visit by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, whom many accuse of forcing painful cuts on Greece in return for the multi-billion euro bailouts keeping it afloat.

With Greece now in a sixth year of a deep, austerity-fueled recession, many of those struggling with record unemployment and plummeting living standards blame Germany’s insistence on fiscal rigor for their economic woes.

Hundreds of workers have taken to the streets in more than a week of rowdy protests against government plans to cut thousands of public sector jobs to please Greece’s European Union and International Monetary Fund lenders.

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