Pensioners in Greece rallied against pension cuts

Pensioners in Greece rallied against pension cutsGreek pensioners marched Athens streets on Thursday to protest against a new wave of pension cuts the government imposed as part of an austerity drive prescribed by international lenders.

About 3,000 pensioners chanting "Liars!" rallied outside the Labour ministry in central Athens where they burnt government letters outlining the reasons behind the new reductions in their supplementary pensions, according to Reuters.

"They (the government) burnt our lives. We are burning their disgraceful letters," a pensioner said over a loudspeaker.

Protesters later marched to parliament chanting "Bring back the stolen money!"

Participation in street demonstrations has so far been low but tensions often flare in protests. Pensioners have been particularly hit since Greece signed it first bailout in 2010.

Private sector workers are planned to hold a 24-hour strike on December 8, the largest labor union said on Wednesday. Public sector unions were to decide later on Thursday if they would join them.
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