Hun­dreds stand in line to ap­ply for sol­i­dar­ity ben­e­fit

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Cit­i­zens stand in line out­side a mu­nic­i­pal office in cen­tral Athens yes­ter­day in a bid to claim a state sol­i­dar­ity ben­e­fit for those on low in­comes. De­spite the rain, hun­dreds queued to lodge ap­pli­ca­tions for the sup­ple­ment. By the be­gin­ning of this month, some 53,000 ap­pli­ca­tions had been made for the ben­e­fit. Au­thor­i­ties ex­pect a to­tal of 700,000 to be sub­mit­ted. Last month, Greece’s cred­i­tors raised ob­jec­tions to the ini­tia­tive, say­ing fresh cut­backs to the state bud­get will be re­quired to fi­nance it.

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