I have just been on the phone to our correspondent in Athens, Helena Smith. She was outside the parliament building in the midst of demonstrators who I could hear chanting in the background. She described a march organised by militants earlier.
It was a very big march, with tens of thousands of people of all ages. There were students and grandparents afraid of losing their pensions. It really was a cross-section of Greek society. There were banners with slogans such as ‘We are not Ireland, we will resist’, ‘Capitalists will pay for the crisis’ and ‘no to the abolition of the 35-hr week’. Some of the protesters had gathered as early as 4 in the morning. The protesters marched to the labour ministry, but to the surprise of many dispersed peacefully, there was none of the violence of past demonstrations.
Thank you Greece, and keep ‘er lit.