Police brace for more Greek protests

AP News
Posted: Sep 07, 2012 6:56 AM
Police brace for more Greek protests

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Some 3,500 police will be deployed at the weekend in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki where unions are planning protests against a new round of austerity that is set to see pensions and some state salaries cut further.

Police finalized measures a day before Saturday's rallies by the country's largest unions, which strongly oppose the cuts worth at least €11.5 billion ($14.4 billion) for 2013-14.

Police officers, themselves affected by the new measures, are planning their own demonstration in Thessaloniki earlier Saturday.

Greece is struggling to meet budget commitments needed for continued emergency financing from eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to meet with EU Council President Herman van Rompuy in Athens on Friday, while debt inspectors are due for a fresh assessment at the weekend.