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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
Lefteris Theofilou, 52, who suffers from paraplegia, sits on a “Seatrac”, a solar-powered device that allows people with kinetic disabilities to enter and get out of the sea autonomously, as his wife Eleni, 37, who suffers from celebral palsy, moves it out of the water at a beach in Alepochori, west of Athens, Greece.
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.
A protester shouts a slogan in front of the Greek parliament in Athens on Tuesday during a demonstration as a general strike gripped the country for the fourth time this year and unions railed at fresh austerity measures the government is imposing in order to keep receiving EU-IMF loans. Unions called the latest one-day national mobilisation in protest at a new bill, due to be voted on Wednesday, that implements fresh reforms, including the re-deployment of thousands of civil servants Read more
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. Read more
Chinese military officers use a piece of rope to line up honour guards as they prepare for a welcome ceremony for Greece’s Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday
Police clash with protesters at the annual rally against the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey nearly a century ago, in Thessaloniki, Greece on Wednesday. About 250 protesters, mostly from Greek-Armenian groups, gathered outside the Turkish consulate. About 20 countries worldwide, including Greece, as well as the European parliament recognise the mass killings as an act of genocide, despite strong objections from Turkey.