At 11 o’clock today more than100.000 Greek working people gathered outside the General Confederation of Greek Workers Offices to protest against the government’s harsh austerity measures.
This spot is very close to the Ypatia building which houses the immigrant hunger strikers and hundreds of people used the opportunity to sign the solidarity appeal and contribute to the fund. It was very touching to read the messages written by resistance veterans.
After speeches by unionists of both the private and public sectors the rally started to march towards Constitution Square and the Parliament. About 12.30 we heard loud shots but it proved to be tear gas. In Constitution Square the protesters are sprayed mercilessly and were forced to retreat.
The majority of the people left but there are still calls through the internet and the bloggers’ community to return to Constitution Square for an evening assembly.