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Greeks strike over ERT closure

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 01:24

June 13 - Greeks stage a 24-hour strike and rally in protest over the government's abrupt closure of state broadcaster ERT. Jessica Gray reports.

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Greeks show their solidarity with shuttered public broadcaster ERT. On Wednesday, thousands braved wet weather to attend a concert at the organization's headquarters in Athens. They are protesting the government's sudden decision to close ERT a day before, effectively putting 2,600 employees out of work. The move has sparked outrage among journalists, unions and politicians. (SOUNDBITE)(English) JOURNALIST MANOLIS KYPRAIOU, 45, SAYING: "The prime minister said a few minutes ago we have a total war with the press. This is hardline political thinking." Officials claimed ERT was rife with waste, unnecessary spending and corruption, allegations that are fuelling further anger. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) ERT KOSMOS RADIO STATION DIRECTOR PANOS CHRYSOSTOMOU SAYING: "It is an insult to the Greek people, because for one year now they have been holding the fate of ERT in their hands, so I don't understand now how suddenly, one year later, they found out all these things that they are saying." The government said those who had lost their jobs could re-apply to a new, more cost-efficient public station that is in the works. But that has not stopped trade unions from shutting down transport in the capital on Thursday for a 24-hour strike.

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Greeks strike over ERT closure

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 01:24