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Media workers’ occupation splits Greek government

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Issue 2359

The coalition government in Greece split last week in the face of workers’ resistance.

Hundreds of media workers have been occupying and working in at the state broadcaster ERT, in defiance of orders to close down two weeks ago. 

There have been strikes across the media and a general strike in their support.

The Democratic Left party left the government on Friday of last week rather than push ahead with the closure of ERT. 

It was the smallest of three parties in the coalition.

The Tory-type New Democracy and Labour-type Pasok have formed a new government.

These two parties received just 42 percent of the vote between them at the last election—and have since fallen in the polls.

Prime minister Antonis Samaras says this government will push on with the closure of ERT and serve out its four year term.

But it will first have to try and take back the ERT building from the workers.

Then it must win a vote on the closure in parliament despite having a majority of just three MPs.

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