- Title: Greek citizens' movement "Resign Now" protests against the government
- Date: 20th June 2017
- Summary: ATHENS, GREECE (JUNE 20, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS RALLYING OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT/ MAN STANDING ON PARLIAMENT STEPS AND WAVING A GREEK FLAG MAN WHEELING A TROLLEY COVERED IN GREEK FLAGS AMONGST THE PROTESTERS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS STANDING IN FRONT OF BANNER READING: (Greek) "LIES, CORRUPTION, TSIPRAS - NO MORE" BANNER READING: (Greek) "LIES, CORRUPTION, TSIPRAS - NO MORE" PROTESTERS, ONE HOLDING A GREEK FLAG, HOLDING HANDMADE SIGNS AND CHANTING (Greek) "FRAUDS, FRAUDS" PROTESTER HOLDING GREEK FLAG CHANTING (Greek) "RESIGN, RESIGN" (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PROTESTER, GIORGOS ARGYROS, A CIVIL SERVANT, SAYING: "This government needs to very quickly resign, to leave running. They'll be removed at night through the (parliament) windows. We need to go in there (parliament) and break everything, even those people up there (guarding parliament) need to abandon their posts and come down here. They should betray their job, and this government. It's inconceivable that people are just sitting on their couches and not reacting." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER, TASOS KATSIANIS, AGED 38, SAYING: "We have the worst government in Europe, we can't tolerate any more that kind of government and we want them to quit. As soon as they quit, so much the better it will be for the country." (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PROTESTER, MARY THEOFANOPOULOU, AGED 37, SAYING: "From the moment this government was voted in, I feel like my country has no government, I feel that we are rudderless, like a boat drifting right and left, wherever the sea takes it." VARIOUS OF BANNER READING (Greek) "RESIGN" OVER A PICTURE OF TWO FACES WITH THEIR MOUTHS MUZZLED VARIOUS OF PROTESTER STANDING ON STEPS OF PARLIAMENT HOLDING SIGN READING: (English) "GO TO HELL TSIPRAS" PROTESTER CARRYING EU FLAG
- Embargoed: 4th July 2017 20:19
- Keywords: Greece protest eurozone bailout Tsipras
- Location: ATHENS, GREECE
- City: ATHENS, GREECE
- Country: Greece
- Topics: Budget/Taxation/Revenue,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016M33VBB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Angry Greeks demonstrated in central Athens on Tuesday (June 20) calling on the government to quit over its economic reforms.
About 2000 citizens responded to a Facebook posting by a group called "Resign Now," and blocked the streets around parliament chanting "frauds" and "resign" outside the building.
Eurozone governments threw indebted Greece another credit lifeline worth 8.5 billion euros last week and offered further clarity on a roadmap to possible debt relief, but the protesters were not impressed.
One protester said she felt that the country had no government and was 'rudderless' since the leftist-led coalition took office in January of 2015, while another said he felt so furious he wanted to storm parliament and throw its lawmakers out.
Greece has had three bailouts since 2010 and came close in 2015 to crashing out of the eurozone. Its unemployment rate - pumped up by years of austerity demanded by the lenders - is still running above 23 percent.
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