Teachers have been taking part in a general strike called by the country's two main labour unions. The strike which started on Friday is to oppose the latest measures which the government is taking to satisfy its creditors in the EU and IMF. These include cuts to pensions and social security as well as increased income and sales taxes.
Despite the fact that the Syriza government was elected on an anti-cuts ticket, it has so far done its best to accede to all the demands of the troika - thus further impoverishing both public services and the Greek people. It has emerged in a German study however that the vast majority of the hard-won bailout money went to further servicing its debt and bank recapitalisation - in other words the private creditors and the banks were paid and rewarded, while only 5% of the money actually went towards the Greek fiscal budget. As an author of the study put it: "Most of the money was used to actually transfer risks from private creditors to public creditors."
A high point in the protests was on Sunday night, when the Greek parliament voted through the new austerity measures. Police used tear gas to attack demonstrators in what the public sector union confederation ADEDY called 'a violent, terrorising attack against demonstrators' by the 'forces of despotism and submission.'