The new measures have been voted in the Greek Parliament yesterday by a majority of 172 votes out of a total 300, these including the votes of the ruling Socialist Party (PASOK) and the extreme-right party of junta nostalgic creeps, LAOS.
The Conservative party, the Communist Party and the Radical Coalition of the Left voted against the measures. The procedure was not without surprises as 3 PASOK MPs cast a blank vote, leading to their expulsion from the Party. One of them a veteran Socialist politician and Olympic Games champion Mrs Sacorafa is refusing to hand over her seat in Parliament. At the same time the ex-Foreign Affairs Minister, daughter of the ex- PM Konstantinos Mitsotakis, and defeated candidate for the leadership of the Conservatives, Mrs Bakoyanni voted for the measures leading to her immediate expulsion from the Party – a move expected to lead the Conservatives to a major crisis. The demand of the Left for a 180 vote majority for the measures to be passed (a rule applied for constitutional reform) was not accepted by the government.
After the voting GSEE and ADEDY, the private and public sector union umbrellas staged a demo outside the Parliament, while around 10,000 PAME union (controlled by the communist party) allied protesters gathered in Omonoia square and marched towards the Parliament but refused to join the rest of the protesters in front of the Parliament. At the same time grassroots unions performed a march to the Parliament from Propylea where tension rose when police started detaining protesters with backpacks. After reaching Syntagma square around 10,000 protesters pressed against strong riot police forces protecting the Parliament shouting slogans like “air for the cholera to go away”. After some time in which the crowd was peaceful, Riot Police attacked in order to clear the area in front of the Parliament and prevent further demonstration. Protesters retreated quickly and no clashes were reported. People were injured by batons and stun grenades thrown at their faces. (Video)
Similar protests took place in Salonica without clashes being reported either.
It must be noted that today bank workers once again performed a walk-out at 12:00. Yesterday, bank workers went on strike as a response to the death of their three colleagues the day before.