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Elderly Greeks protest about more pension cuts

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 01:33

Several hundred pensioners march through Athens protesting against deep cutbacks to pension payments ordered by the indebted country's creditors. As Silvia Antonioli reports, some protestors said the reductions have sunk them into poverty.

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Some might look frail but they are all very angry Several hundred pensioners took to the streets in Athens to protest against deep cuts to pensions imposed on Greece by creditors Cuts they say are making it impossible for them to live a dignified life. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PENSIONER ELENI KOKKINOPOULOU, SAYING: "How can I get by with 300 euros? Just because I am elderly, I don't have the right to live?" Eurostat says almost a quarter of Greeks are 'severely materially deprived'. That means they can't pay their bills, their rent, mortgage or can't afford a TV or heating. That's a big worry when pensioners are key earners and unemployment is at 21 percent - double that for those under 25. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PENSIONER MARGARITIS ALEXOPOULOS, AGED 74, SAYING: "Life is not just about young people, it is also about the elderly, who have grandchildren, children. They can't live with all that they're taking from us." They blame creditors including the EU and the IMF but their main target is the Leftist Syriza party which rose to power in 2015 promising to put an end to austerity SOUNDBITE) (Greek) PENSIONER MANOLIS, SAYING: "Tsipras says one thing and does another. Instead of better times we are heading towards worse times." And more reforms are planned for 2019 even though pensions have already been cut 12 times in seven years.

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Elderly Greeks protest about more pension cuts

Tuesday, October 03, 2017 - 01:33