Thousands of Greek Workers Protest Austerity

Athens, Jun 28 (Prensa Latina) Thousands of Greek workers took to the streets Tuesday, as part of a fourth general strike to protest austerity reforms demanded by international moneylenders in exchange for more financial aid.

As the 48-hour general strike got underway, lawmakers debated a new round of austerity measures, which will determine whether the country will get bailout founds from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

According to television reports, more than 5,000 police were guarding Parliament, near Syntagma Square, which is the center of the demonstrations.

Union sources confirmed that hundreds of flights were cancelled or rescheduled as air traffic controllers walked off their jobs.

There were also further disruptions of public transportation, and protesters blockaded the port of Piraeus.

The European Commission insisted Tuesday that the only way to avoid for Greece to avoid a default on its debts is for Parliament to approve, as soon as possible, the austerity plans proposed by the government.

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Olli Rehn asked Greek political leaders to be fully aware of their responsibility in avoiding a default.

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