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24-hour strike paralyzed the Greek capital May 15, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece News.

Greece’s largest unions launched a nationwide strike today that was expected to disrupt air travel and public transport, shut state offices and paralyze many key services.

The strike has been called by the General Confederation of Greek Labor (GSEE) and the Civil Servants’ Union (ADEDY) to demand the return of money lost by pension funds which purchased overpriced bonds. “We want the money to be returned and those responsible to be held accountable,” the unions said in a statement yesterday.

State-run Olympic Airlines announced the cancellation of more than 60 domestic and international flights from Athens International Airport and changed the departure times of many others.

The Proastiakos suburban railway, the metro and Athens-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) were shut down completely, while blue buses only operated between 7.30 a.m. and 10.30 p.m. Trolleys were pulled off the road between 11.15 a.m. and 3.15 p.m.

Major archaeological sites in Athens, including the Acropolis and the Athenian and Roman Agoras, closed earlier than normal visiting hours, due to strike-related staff shortages.

Demonstrators gathered at the Pedion tou Areos Park at 11 a.m. before marching on to the Economy and Finance Ministry in central Athens.

There was also a media blackout as journalists walk off the job for a second time in just over a week.

Driving today in Athens, can only be described as driving in hell! I guess that’s the hard part of life, living in the Greek Metropolis. Or is, the word “metropolis” too much for describing the Greek capital?

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