Trade union federations and political organisations are organising two separate demonstrations on Saturday evening at The Thessaloniki International Fair. The demonstrations are in protest of the Memorandum and the government’s austerity measures.
GSEE and ADEDY; Greece’s two main federations, together with the Thessaloniki Labor Centre and the Union of Civil Servants’ organisations of Thessaloniki are going to hold a joint demonstration. The second demonstration is organised by the Greek Communist party affiliated PAME labor organisation and PASEBE-Panhellenic Anti-Monopoly Rally of Merchants and Craftsmen, the PASY farmers’ organisation and the OGE Federation of Women of Greece.
Both demonstrations are currently taking place at and are moving towards Vellidio Conference Centre. The Centre is where Prime Minister George Papandreou will deliver his traditional economic policy adress later. Police forces are accompanying the demonstrators in order to prevent them from reaching the leaders. The are are numerous challenges in Thessaloniki as the circulation of cars in the city centre is prohibited.
A few minutes earlier the President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mixalos, was attacked by the truckers in front of The Makedonia Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki.