Thessaloniki Protests Against Government

By Morgan Pettersson

Almost ten thousand Thessalonikians took to the streets on the 25th May in a staged protest against the governments handling of the debt crisis.

The protest brought people of all ages and occupations to the streets as young and old demanded the current government to leave Greece as the end to the crisis seems no closer.

The protest was organised through the social networking site Facebook which called for local people to gather to show that they will not bow down to the government any more.

It is believed that groups were set up on Facebook calling for the Spanish inspired protests after signs were held up in Madrid saying ‘shh…the Greeks are sleeping’.

The peaceful protest held under the White Tower, the symbol of Thessaloniki, was in stark contrast to the same protest being held in Athens that same day.

The protest in Athens was marred by violent clashes with riot police as over 25,000 people gathered in front of Parliament House.

The northern port city of Thessaloniki is the second largest city in Greece and its population is predominantly students.

The protests are continuing with many camping in front of the white tower overnight.

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