- Posted February 12, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Europe's financial crisis
Paros Island Needs Doctors
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
The past year and a half has seen many rallies by angry and disillusioned Greeks protesting the austerity measures imposed on them by the Troika. Every now and then various transport groups, medical staff and government personnel, among others would gather at Syntagma square to show their indignation at the present dispensation. While most of these are non violent, these have resulted to the disruption of basic services and inconvenience to tourists.
Yesterday around noon, on my way to Syntagma Square, I noticed another gathering of protesters near the entrance to the Parliament. Apparently, they wanted to enter but were prevented by the police which stood on guard.
Ms. Eleni Ragousi, one of the protesters told me that they are from Paros Island demanding more doctors for their hospital. Paros Island is in the central Aegean sea, one of the Cyclades island group. It is approximtely 4 1/2 hours by boat from Athens. It is a popular tourist spot famous for its beaches of golden sand and site for windsurfing.
Ms. Eleni said there is one public medical center in the island but there it needs more doctors and adequate medical supplies. They came all the way from the island to bring their problem to the attention of concerned authorities in Athens.