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Thousands rally in Athens

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 00:54

Police arrest at least four people during a rally in Athens calling on the government to assure the country stay in the Euro. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Several thousand demonstrators rallied in Athens' central square on Monday (June 22) as the Greek government met EU leaders in Brussels to avert an exit from the euro zone. The rally went on into the evening, and comes a day after a pro-government rally demanded the government not give in to euro zone demands that Athens cut pensions and increase VAT. Some held European Union flags alongside Greek flags and banners including one which read "Yes to the euro, No to the rouble" - a dig at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's overtures to Russia - and cheered as a large Greek flag was unfurled on the wall outside parliament. Another protester, 50 year-old protester Dimitris, said the government needed to be pressured into an agreement with the EU. "The inaction of the new government has caused great chaos and insecurity to the Greek economy and everything we gained with sacrifices these last months is going to waste. We must press the government to speed up and secure an agreement with the European Union, that's what we want," he said. A small group of anti-EU protesters were handing out pamphlets and some caused disruption. They were dispersed by the police, who arrested four of them. Greece took a step back from the abyss on Monday when it presented new reform proposals that euro zone finance ministers cautiously welcomed as a possible basis for an agreement in the coming days to avert a looming default. European stock markets and Greek assets leapt on hopes of a last-minute deal to ease a crisis that is threatening to drive Greece out of the euro and undermine the foundations of the European Union's single currency. Leaders of the 19 nations that share the euro arrived for an emergency evening summit in Brussels voicing guarded optimism that the Greek proposals, including higher taxes and moves to curtail early retirement, could lead to a deal this week. Cash-starved Greece must repay the International Monetary Fund 1.6 billion euros by June 30 or be declared in default, potentially triggering a bank run and capital controls.

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Thousands rally in Athens

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 00:54