Unpaid textile workers clash with riot police in Athens

Unpaid textile workers clash with riot police in Athens

Textile workers from 4 factories of the Lanaras Industry marched in Athens to demand 4 months unpaid wages, delivery of funding promises by the state and recall of 1,200 layoffs. Efforts to enter the Ministry of Economics were met with police repression.

On the 24th of October 2008, textile workers from 4 factories of the Lanaras Industry which are facing immediate close-down in northern Greece marched against the Ministry of Economics in Athens, demanding a recall of 1,200 planned layoffs, immediate payment of 4 months unpaid wages and delivery of the 35m euros to help the factories function again. In their effort to enter the Ministry in order to discuss their demands with the political leadership the wrkers clashed with riot police forces (MAT) who did not hesitate to use large amounts of tear gas on the protesters, many of whom are elderly citizens.