The Greek parliament yesterday voted through the latest set of reforms and austerity measures as protests took place across the country. It is expected that they will be the last significant reforms before the bailout program ends in August.
Following a series of strikes, protests took place in both Athens and Thessaloniki during the vote as people once again voiced their anger and frustration at the latest round of cuts and austerity measures.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras once again attempted to put a positive spin on his coalition-led government: “In the summer, we will leave behind a tough, unfair and harmful period,” he said, adding that the conclusion of the third review “gives hope to millions of our fellow citizens”.
New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Tsipras of further weakening of the economy: “You are legislating articles that even you don’t agree with,” he said.
Yesterday’s disruption caused by the strikes was widespread in the capital. State-run schools and public hospitals felt the effects, with teachers and doctors holding work stoppages, while a three-hour walkout by air traffic controllers also led to disruption. Union leaders have warned of further walkouts in the near future.