Nov.06 - Thousands of Greek workers protest as trade unions say the government's austerity measures about to be voted on in parliament will ruin the economy and people's living standards. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The strike was called by Greece's two biggest labour unions, private sector trade union GSEE and public sector ADEDY and is the third in two months against spending cuts and reforms that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras wants the parliament to pass on Wednesday (November 7) to unlock international aid.
Opposition leaders also participated in the protest which drew around 20,000 people. Main opposition party leader Alexis Tsipras said the country was being handed over to the EU and the troika, and called on the public to push for new elections.
Trains, buses and the subway came to a halt. Shops were closed, ships remained tied at ports and taxi drivers also stayed off the streets.
Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels next Monday as Greece is waiting for the next instalment of its bailout loan in order to survive. Release of those funds may not be approved at that meeting, one EU official has said. The EU is waiting for a report by inspectors on Greece's reform progress.
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