Teachers joined other public and private sector workers in a general strike on Thursday.  Journalists, health workers and transport staff were among the other workers taking action. Thousands marched in the capital Athens and 10,000 in the second largest city Thessaloniki. The strike was in protest against another round of tax increases and cuts which are being forced on the country by its creditors.

After a stunning election victory in January, the anti-austerity party Syriza has gone along with new austerity measures and privatisations, in an effort not to default on its debts and to remain in the European Currency Union. The government actually encouraged people to take part in Thursday's strike, saying in a statement that workers should protest against “the neoliberal policies and the blackmail from financial and political centres within and outside Greece”

Only last week, school students protested and struck against cuts which are having a devastating effect on education in the country. The secondary teachers' union, OLME came out on strike in support of them. On Thursday too young people were much in evidence, their anger spilling over into violence as they faced riot police using tear gas and rubber bullets. Young people in Greece feel they have no future with youth unemployment as high as 60% in some months.

The Troika of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, representing the interests of the creditors who have been betting on Greece's sovereign debt, are still trying to wring more cash out of the country which is already on its knees. However the will of the Greek people to fight back is still very much in evidence, judging from Thursday's turnout. As one nursery worker told the UK Guardian newspaper: “They’ve deprived every Greek of hope for the future. We’re of a certain age. The children that are left behind have no future.” Another protester said: "This is the time when people need to react. Enough already with the taxes, enough with the double talk. They need to let us breathe."