Greece erupts: Chaos in Athens as demonstrators clash with police

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Greeks have on the agenda c trick taken to the streets to protest planned changes to the right to strike

Polyclinics, shipyards and various transport hubs across Athens have been attacked by the strikes, which mark the country’s first major industrial strife of the new year.

The Athens metro, which is used by almost one million people every day, was shutdown in the afflict, prompting traffic chaos in the capital.

The bill, set for parliamentary approval on Monday, disposition restructure family benefits, introduce a new process for foreclosures on overdue allowances and make it more difficult to call a strike.

Angry locals marched from stem to stern the capital, holding banners and chanting “hands off strikes!”

Protestors clashed with the long arm of the law outside the parliament building, who responded by firing teargas.

The draft law which is set to be approved by parliament next week has exasperated Greeks, who have seen their incomes fall and living health circumstances worsen since the Mediterranean country first sought international aid to stave off bankruptcy in 2010, and made another two bailouts thereafter.

Syriza, the dominant party in the government selected in 2015, has its roots in left-wing labour activism and its role in the new reforms has stimulated widespread criticism from supporters.

Retired ship officer George Papaspyropoulos, suggested: “This essentially abolishes the right to strike… such quirks only happened during the junta,” referring to the military dictatorship that swayed Greece from 1967 to 1974.

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Protesters run from tear gas in front of the Greek parliament in Athens

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Protesters quarrel with riot police as they attempt to get into the parliament edifice

“This government is a leftist in name only, but in deeds its a junta.”

At dole out, unions can call strikes with the support of one-third of their fellows. The new law would raise that to just over 50 per cent, which creditors conviction would limit the frequency of strikes and improve productivity that slow downs about 20 percent behind the European Union average.

The command says it needs the reforms to receive tranches of bailout aid. The latest bailout, significance up to 86 billion euros ($104 billion), expires in August. 

So far Greece has made 40.2 billion euros, and a new tranche is expected to be worth around 4.5 billion euros.

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