Socialist Worker

Greek workers disrupt Troika visit but police attack ERT occupation

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2378

Greece’s international creditor organisations came to Athens to inspect the government’s progress in making cuts this week. But their visit was disrupted by a general strike against mass sackings yesterday, Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of workers walked out across Greece, shutting down both the public and private sector. Thousands marched in Athens despite torrential rain.

The previous day officials from the Troika—the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund—even had to flee the finance ministry through the basement with a police escort.

The ministry’s workers chased them, booing and chanting.


Greek public TV service, ERT, has been broadcasting under workers’ control for almost five months since the government tried to close it in June. But the occupation was broken up in a police raid in the early hours of this morning, Thursday.

“They picked a moment in the middle of the night when there weren’t many people there, and they broke down doors to get in the building,” ERT journalist Maria Kodaxi told Socialist Worker.

“They stopped the radio that had been broadcasting. We went down to rally outside and the police were very violent—using tear gas and pushing the workers who tried to get in.”

The raid has provoked outrage, and is seen as an authoritarian clampdown by a desperate government. There have been more than 30 general strikes in Greece since 2010, and the government has been unable to push through the sackings that the Troika demand.

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