The Greek government brought forward a presidential election on Monday of this week.
The shock move came hours after Greece’s creditors the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank granted a two-month extension on Greece’s bailout.
If a new president can’t be elected by more than 200 MPs, parliament will be dissolved and a general election called. The votes were set to start on Wednesday of next week.
It follows a fresh round of financial crisis, and a new upsurge in struggle against austerity measures.
Thousands of protesters marched through Athens on Saturday of last week chanting, “There is no parliamentary road, December’s road is revolutionary.”
The demonstration marked the anniversary of the police killing of 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos on 6 December 2008. His death led to weeks of anti-police riots and strikes, and the launch of a new anti-capitalist left alliance Antarsya.
But the hunger strike of 21 year old Nikos Romanos, who became an anarchist after Grigoropoulos’ killing and now faces jail for alleged terrorism, also gave it new relevance.
The protest also went through Syntagma Square to support Syrian refugees on hunger strike there.
Last month saw big student protests and the first general strike in months.