UP TO 70,000 people took part in the protests outside the European Union summit near Salonika, Greece, last weekend. 'It was a tremendous sight as people came together down the seafront in the centre of the city,' says Panos Garganas, editor of Socialist Worker's sister paper in Greece, Workers Solidarity.
'One of the protests over the weekend brought together miners protesting at the closure of their pit with the anti-capitalist protesters. The Greek government, like Tony Blair, is going through a deep crisis. A minister and a leading figure in the ruling party, Pasok, have had to resign. The protesters were overwhelmingly from Greece, with very welcome delegations from elsewhere, mainly Turkey and Italy. The media here and internationally focused on a confrontation between the police and a section of demonstrators. But it is the scale of the movement that had all the European leaders at the summit worried.'