Protests against prior actions bill conclude after clashes with riot police

The protests by unions, bodies and political formations outside the parliament over the prior actions bill voted by lawmakers concluded on Monday night, after brief clashes with riot police.

Groups of protesters threw petrol bombs, paint, stones and pieces of marble against policemen standing in front of the Monument to the Unknown Soldier, who responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

Separate clashes also took place on Amalias avenue, when Popular Unity members tried to enter the parliament’s yard from the left side. No detentions have been made.

The incidents took place during a rally organized by Greece’s largest private sector umbrella union GSEE to protest against the prior actions. GSEE said it is opposed to new laws limiting the right to strike. The union’s general secretary Nikos Kioutsoukis told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency earlier it is asking the government to remove the provisions relating to strikes, as well as those on the electronic foreclosure auctions.

The general secretary of Greece’s Federation of Private Employees, Panayiotis Kiriakoulas, said: “We are protesting against the [electronic] auctions which essentially transfer public property to private hands.”

Workers union PAME held a separate rally from Omonia square and marched towards Syntagma square, shouting slogans such as “Keep your hands off strikes” and “you will not touch the unions”.