Greece unrest

Medical students keep minister hostage in Athens over reforms

Medical students hold debuty minister of health hostage in second day of a 48 hour nurses strike in Greece.

On Friday 5 December, the second day of the 48h strike of nurses across Greece which saw the occupation of the Ministry of Health by strikers , students of the Medical School of Athens kept the debuty Minister of Health hostage in the amphiteater of the Ministry of Health

Tensions rise in Athens as nurses and students fight reforms

Tensions rise in Athens with nurses occupying Health Ministry and students clashing with riot police over unwanted educational reform

Tension rose in Athens on the 4th of December as nurses who are on a 48h national strike occupied the Ministry of Health.

When the Minister appeared pleading to do what he can to help them, the nurses replied "then come with us to occupy the Ministry of Economics".

Protest march against police violence in Volos, central Greece, attacks police HQ.

Protest march against police violence two serious harassment incidents in the city of Volos attacks police HQ

On Saturday 29/11/08 the people of Volos, a city in central Greece with a long labour struggle tradition, took to the streets to protest against escalating police violence.

New clashes with riot police in Corfu over refuse dump

New clashes between locals and riot police erupt in the south Corfu town of Lefkimi over the construction of open refuse dump.

In the afternoon of Thursday 20/11/08, the residents of Lefkimi in south Corfu staged yet another demo against the construction of the open refuse dump (XYTA) imposed by Athens in the vicinity of their town.

Hunger strike ends as Greek government caves

After 18 days 7,000 prisoners in greece stop their hunger strike after the ministry of justice concedes to a series of their demands, promising to release half the country's prison population by April 2009.

On Thursday the 20th of November more than 7,000 hunger strikers in greek prisons demanding a comprehensive 45-point program of prison reform have decided to stop their hunger strike, already on its 18th day, after the Ministry of Justice responded to their struggle and to the widening solidarity movement which in the last weeks has held several mass protest marches in the greek cities by declarin

5,000 prisoners on hunger strike across greece in demand for reforms

All 21 Greek prisons are in the grip of prisoners 3-stage campaign in demand of 45-point reform. As part of the protest, more than 5,000 inmates are now on hunger strike.

As of Monday the 3rd of November the totality of prison across greece are under a 3-stage campaign in demand of a 45-point reform, asking amongst other things for abolition of all juvenile prisons, greater freedoms, reduction of prison service and better conditions.

Barricades erected after renewed attack by riot police

Immigrants joined by local anarchists erect barricades after riot police charges once more on the asylum-paper queue outside central immigration office in Athens

In the early morning of Saturday 8 of November 2008, riot police forces (MAT) once again attacked immigrants queuing outside the central immigration office in Athens, Greece, in order to register their asylum papers. In the last attack of the kind two weeks ago one Pakistani man was killed on the spot, whereas two more succumbed to their wounds days later in the hospital.

Thousands march in Athens for asylum seeker killed by police

Thousands march in Athens following the coffin of Pakistani asylum seeker killed by the riot police in a wanton attack against immigrants queuing for asylum papers.

In the evening of the 27th of October thousands marched in the center of Athens in protest at the killing of a Pakistani asylum seeker in the hands of the police.

In the early morning of Sunday the 26th, riot police charged immigrants queuing outside the central immigration office of Athens waiting to register for asylum status.

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.

General strike in Greece with central protest march in Athens

A 24 hour general strike in Greece sees all public sector and large part of private sector closed as well as clashes between demonstrating strikers and riot police in Athens.

As of the early hours of the 21st of October, Greece is in a state of a general strike to be followed by a 24h strike of all shop workers on the following day.