Renee Maltezou
reuters.com
July 16, 2013

Tens of thousands of Greek workers walked off the job on Tuesday and rallied in front of parliament in a noisy protest against government plans to fire public sector employees to satisfy foreign lenders.

The 24-hour general strike against a new scheme to transfer or fire state workers comes a day before parliament votes on a series of reforms that must be passed before the European Union and International Monetary Fund can disburse more financial aid.

Over 30,000 demonstrators – including municipal police and teachers targeted in the layoff scheme – gathered in the central square before parliament beating drums and blowing whistles in one of the biggest anti-austerity protests in Greece this year.

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