Municipal police members demonstrate on July 16, 2013 in front of the parliament during a general strike in Athens.

Thousands of Greeks join strike against public sector staff cuts

Tens of thousands of Greeks have abandoned their workplaces on Tuesday and rallied in front of parliament in the capital Athens against government plans to satisfy foreign lenders by firing public sector employees.

It is the third and the largest general strike the crisis-hit country has experienced since the start of the year.

The 24-hour walkout came a day before the Greek MPs vote on a series of unpopular reforms, which the European Union and International Monetary Fund say are obligatory if Greece want more financial aid.

“The public sector still composes a major part of the Greek economy. These jobs are protected by the constitution since the end of the 19th century,” RT’s correspondent, Egor Piskunov, reports from Athens.

Over 30,000 demonstrators, including municipal police and teachers targeted in the lay-off scheme, gathered in central Syntagma Square.

The protesters were beating drums, blowing whistles and chanting: “No more sacrifices.”

They also displayed banners, reading “Fire the troika” in reference to the trio of European Commission, European Central Bank and IMF propping up Greece with over €200 billion in aid.

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