German police use water cannons on protesters as they clash with police with water cannons during protests on September 15, 2013 in Athens, Greece (AFP Photo/Thodoris Kambouris)
Velez, Greece (AFP) – Tens of thousands of protesters rallied Monday to show their displeasure over the government’s decision to cut public schools, but the government did not stop there.
Tens of thousands of people descended on the city of Athens after midnight.
The protesters in the capital, as well as many thousands of locals who 바카라turned out to protest in other cities, held placards bearing slogans against austerity measures, and against a proposal by the government to scrap the public health service.
Opposition parties — such as the far-left Syriza, which won a significant majority in Saturday’s election — called for Greece to stay in the euro currency zone.
“It’s time for us to have a vote of confidence in (the) people and not the government,” said Yanis Varoufakis, the leader of Greece’s leftist party.
“The time has come to give people in Athens a choice: either they agree to leave (the euro zone) and follow the rules or remain in it. That’s it.”
The protesters marched in the center of central Athens, chanting “We are the will of the people” and “The only state for the people, the only state for the poor, the people, the people” — the slogans from the Occupy movement.
They were joined by several hundred local residents, some carrying placards with slogans such as “Yes we can” and “What democracy?”.
The protesters are demanding that a referendum on whether Greece should remain part of the euro zone or leave the single currency by the end of this year be held, and they call for a parliamentary vote by July 1.