In­dig­nants protest for sixth day

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Thou­sands of demon­stra­tors of all ages and so­cial back­grounds con­verged in cen­tral Athens, Thes­sa­loniki and other cities yes­ter­day for the sixth day in a row to peace­fully protest the gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing aus­ter­ity drive.

The turnout was smaller than Sun­day’s rally, when some 50,000 peo­ple an­swered the ral­ly­ing call of their Span­ish coun­ter­parts, who have been demon­strat­ing in city squares for weeks over ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment, and crammed into and around Syn­tagma Square. But those in at­ten­dance were as pas­sion­ate as on pre­vi­ous days, chant­ing anti-gov­ern­ment slo­gans and wav­ing plac­ards with anti-aus­ter­ity slo­gans.

One of the most dra­matic protests in­volved demon­stra­tors erect­ing three fake gal­lows in front of Par­lia­ment and call­ing on those re­spon­si­ble for the eco­nomic cri­sis to be pun­ished.

In Syn­tagma Square, the more ac­tive mem­bers of the move­ment – which has been or­ga­nized via so­cial net­work­ing sites and with­out the in­volve­ment of la­bor unions – manned stands dis­pens­ing in­for­ma­tion and food to vis­i­tors.

In Thes­sa­loniki, a crowd gath­ered around the White Tower, the city’s seafront land­mark which pro­test­ers have marked with a banner read­ing “Not for sale” – a ref­er­ence to the gov­ern­ment’s plan to sell off state as­sets.

In a procla­ma­tion up­loaded onto the In­ter­net, the “In­dig­nant” move­ment – which takes its name from the orig­i­nal Span­ish cam­paign “Los Indig­na­dos” – said that it would keep go­ing un­til the politi­cians and tech­nocrats it blames for the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion “go away.”

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, a 31-year-old man se­ri­ously in­jured af­ter be­ing beaten by po­lice of­fi­cers dur­ing an anti-aus­ter­ity rally on May 11 was dis­charged from hos­pi­tal. Yian­nis Kafkas had been in in­ten­sive care af­ter suf­fer­ing se­vere head in­juries.

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