A demonstrator stands as he participates in a 24-hour general strike in Athens. Greek unions held a 24-hour anti-austerity strike on Wednesday shutting down ferry services to the country’s world-famous islands, disrupting rail travel and closing pharmacies and several government offices.
A motorcyclist passes the work ‘Access Control’ by Greek street artist iNO, on central Pireos Street in Athens. Greece has attracted international street artists to its capital, due to the availability of commissioned work and relatively lax anti-graffiti law.
A protester stands in front of riot police securing the private office of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek public administration reform minister, in central Athens on Thursday. Scores of striking schoolteachers and other civil servants occupied Mitsotakis’s office to protest planned public sector lay-offs, under cost-cutting reforms demanded by the debt-mired country’s bailout creditors.
A tourist walks inside Attalos Arcade in the ancient agora (market) in Athens.
A woman walks past anti-Google graffiti in central Athens, Greece on Tuesday.
Protesters chant slogans and carry a banner reading “No”, during a rally organised by Greece’s Adedy main public sector union in Athens on Thursday. Hundreds of state employees took part in the rally and held a four-hour work stoppage to protest against planned mandatory public sector employee transfers and suspensions as part of the government’s austerity drive
A local resident shows his support as a military helicopter drops water over a burning forest in Varibobi, a northwestern suburb of Athens, Greece on Tuesday.
Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis, centre, from the town of Edessa in northern Greece, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding parliament in Athens.
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Municipal policemen on their motorcycles join a protest by local government workers in Athens against the public sector reforms and layoffs the Greek government has promised its international lenders. The eurozone must decide on Monday how to keep Greece on a lifeline but is divided over whether to delay aid payments to the country to force through unpopular measures ranging from sacking public workers to selling state assets.
Marialena, a 42 year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation programme, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens.