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    Posted November 14, 2012 by
    meelah101
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    Athens, Greece
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    Europe's financial crisis

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    Greece Joins Pan-European Protests

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     iReporter meelah101 captured this series of images from an anti-austerity protest in Athens, Greece on Wednesday. "I could feel their indignation at the ongoing austerity drive and the controversial changes in the labor laws that were voted upon recently by the Parliament," she said. "They were in groups discussing the effects of these measures on their lives and the need for them to continue with their group actions." Protests, some violent, have been held across Europe against measures the European Union has brought in to address the region's financial crisis, with demonstrations in Portugal, Spain and Italy.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    Thousands of union members from the private and public sectors gathered this afternoon at the Klafthmonos Square in Central Athens in an anti-austerity protest in solidarity with the rest of Europe which also held similar protests in Madrid and Rome. The two workers unions are the GSEE (private sector) and the ADEDY (public sector).

     

    Dionysis Giakounelos believes these protests have been successful as pressure groups to make the government aware of the plight of the workers in light of the harsh austerity measures being imposed by the troika. He cited as an example workers who stand to lose their jobs without as much as substantial pension to help them survive.

     

    Alexandra Papadopoula, 26 years old, sales assistant of a private company said young college graduates like her have to accept jobs with salaries that are not commensurate to their expertise due to lack of jobs. In fac,t thousands of new graduates are currently unemployed.

     

    Another distressed office employee is Lena Leva, 31 years old, who said they have no security of tenure. "We are actually waiting until Friday for an announcement from our office on whether or not we will be retained. This is due to cost cutting measures by our company," she said. ( Lena, her mom and her colleagues agreed to be photographed- 8th photo).

     

    Photos were taken from 12:45pm to about 1:30pm November 14). They later marched to Syntagma Square.

     

    Seventh photo is Kostas Tsikrikas, President of ADEDY.

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