Tags / Austerity Measures
A selection of images from the last two years in London, United Kingdom.
Members of the "I Dont Pay" movement are seen marching through the streets of Athens.
Members of the "I Dont Pay" movement hang a banner calling for solidarity among people who resist the austerity measures enacted by the Greek government.
A massive demonstration takes place in memory of the Athens Polytechnic Students uprising against the junta, in 1973. Youth unemployment is over 55% and drives more and more Greeks to seek work in other European countries.
Thousands gather in front of the Greek Parliament responding to a call by left wing parties and workers' unions to protest over the 2013 budget which would bring more cuts in wages and social wellfare.
On the day the Greek government was to vote for the third austerity package, imposed by the IMF and the European Union, massive demonstrations and clashes took place once more in Athens, with Police deploying their all new water cannon against protesters.
A member of the group Anonymous UK waves a flag in Trafalgar Square during a protest against austerity measures and tax avoidance in Trafalgar Square, London, United Kingdom, 20 October 2012. The group of protesters, many with masks and dressed in black, had earlier broke away from a much larger trade union march before forcing the temporary closure of a number of shops and restaurants and getting into scuffles with police. GEORGE HENTON.
During a demonstration ignited by Chancellor's Merkel visit to Greece, a detained young girl, frogmarched in handcuffs, is used by riot police as a human shield, as protesters threw stones at them. Although the Minister of Public Order and Citizen Protection promised to launch an enquiry about this incident, nothing happened since. During the years of the economic crisis there has been a serious increase of police brutality. According to a report published by Amnesty International, "human rights violations by Greek law enforcement officials include the use of excessive force against largely peaceful protesters and the ill-treatment of individuals during detention. The authorities consider such violence to be “isolated incidents”.
Unemployment exceeding 55% makes young protesters clash with riot police on a general strike day. Teargas, petrol boms and flash granades make the city look as a warzone.
A protest dog, often seen during demonstrations, carries a placard with ironic messages. Although media have often presented Greeks as lazy people, this has been disproved by many official European reports. In fact, wages go down and working hours increase, as many big companies refuse to pay for overtime and social security.
Attikon cinema is set ablaze during a massice anti-austerity demonstration in Athens.
Austerity and recession triggered massive demonstrations in Greece in 2012, many of them ending with clashes between protesters and riot police forces.