Tens Of Thousands Of Greek Workers Protest Austerity Measures

May 11, 2011

Workers massed in downtown Athens and other cities in Greece as outraged citizens expressed fury at their government's proposed spending cuts. The Wall Street Journal says dockworkers, health care staffers, transport officials and bank workers are off the job. Dozens of airline flights are cancelled. Workers are upset over the Greek government's new plan to increase taxes and cut spending, worth more than $41 billion.

Greece got a bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund a year ago, yet still needs more financial help. While the Greek government unveils its plan next Monday, the Telegraph reports EU finance ministers may announce new financial stability measures for Greece on the same day, to help it avoid defaulting on its debt.

That's no comfort to some Greeks. As officials weigh action, the BBC reports says some demonstrators in Athens threw gasoline bombs at police during today's protests, injuring at least one officer. Police responded with tear gas. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.