Greek police fire teargas at pensioners during anti-austerity protest - More than a thousand people take part in rally after government imposed cuts on pensions as part of bailout measures


"Greek police have fired teargas and pepper spray at protesting pensioners after a group of them attempted to push over a police van near the office of the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, whose leftwing government faces mounting pressure over planned austerity measures.

More than a thousand people, some of them with canes, took part in the rally in Athens on Monday. Protesters chanted: “Shame on you, shame on you!” with one group of elderly demonstrators trying to tip over the van, triggering the police response.

Protesters ran, with one grey-haired man falling to his knees and coughing and several others appearing to be in distress. No arrests or injuries were reported. In response to opposition party criticism, police said they were suspending indefinitely the use of teargas at “rallies of workers and pensioners”."


See the article: Greek police fire teargas at pensioners during anti-austerity protest - More than a thousand people take part in rally after government imposed cuts on pensions as part of bailout measures (Guardian link)

 

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