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Greek communists protest new PM

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 01:26

Nov. 11 - Thousands of Greek communist supporters protest the appointment of new Prime Minister, Lucas Papademos. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.

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Around 5000 protesters take to the streets in central Athens calling for elections. A new Greek prime minister was chosen to head the coalition government on Thursday ending a chaotic search for a leader to save the country from default. But protesters say nothing will change. Marching in support of the Communist Party labour movement, they demonstrated outside the parliament building. The Communist Party was against the formation of a coalition government, and did not participate in talks. Former European Central Bank vice-president Lucas Papademos will head the new crisis coalition, to be sworn in later on Friday. Papademos must now fulfill the terms of a 130 billion euro bailout plan aimed at keeping Greece solvent. But some Greeks are worried what that could mean for them. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) COMMUNIST PARTY LABOUR UNION MEMBER NIKOS PAPAGEORGIOU SAYING: "We have put the wolves to guard the sheep -- why did they put a banker in charge? They put him there to implement worse measures than those already implemented by them. We say elections need to be called now and we should not support this government." The new prime minister has a difficult path ahead of him with a strike-happy public sector and two main parties that could distance themselves from tough measures ahead of early elections. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Greek communists protest new PM

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 01:26