Thousands of Greek public servants, including teachers and other workers, took part in mass protests on Tuesday and Wednesday against further cuts being demanded by the European Union. The strike brought a halt to many transport services, to newspapers, as well as schools. Hospitals provided emergency services only, and even the police joined in some of the protests.

The measures are being demanded in exchange for a further bailout by the Eurozone, to service Greek debts to international finance. The government is pinning its hopes on debt relief from the International Monetary Fund, in the hope that that would result in an end to the stranglehold by the Eurozone countries over its economy.

The Syriza party which runs Greece was elected on the basis of an end to the austerity, which has impoverished the country and so many of its people. Yet once again, and despite more mass protests, it voted to enact further cuts to pensions and increases to taxation. As a result its popularity has slumped, leaving the door open for right wing parties to frame themselves as being anti-cuts, which presents a dangerous situation for the Greek people. According to the ex-finance minister , this represents a 'debasement of democratic politics', caused by toxic loans and forced austerity.

Teachers have been in the forefront of the struggle against the cuts which are savaging the Greek people and continue to be so.