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Elderly protest as Greece discusses more cuts

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 01:31

Feb. 14 - Pensioners take to the streets in Athens as Greece tries to find an extra 325m euros in savings before Wednesday's European finance ministers meeting in Brussels which is due to sign off a second bailout package. Sonia Legg reports.

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Reduced to poverty - that's what many of these elderly Greeks say has happened to them. They had their pensions cut in the first round of austerity - now they're facing further reductions as part of a second bailout package. (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) OLD AGE PENSIONER LEFTERIS MAKRIKOSTAS, 68, SAYING: "The government may have passed these measures in parliament, but the people have consciously rejected them, all of society has rejected them, " (SOUNDBITE)(Greek) EFSEVIA KEFALOYANNI, 82, SAYING: "At my age what kind of future can I expect? I see the destruction taking place. And my children, who should see better days than me will now have to face worse ones." The protests took place as the government tried to come up with another 325 million euros of budget cuts to satisfy euro zone finance ministers. The money was found to be unaccounted for after lawmakers endorsed 3.3 billion euros of cuts to wages, pensions and jobs. A deal is due to be signed in Brussels on Wednesday. But it will only happen if Greek politicians find the extra cash and give written commitments to stick to the terms of the bailout, regardless of any change of government. Riots erupted after Sunday's austerity package was agreed. These demonstrators weren't so aggressive but many are just as angry. Sonia Legg, Reuters

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Elderly protest as Greece discusses more cuts

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 - 01:31