by Patrick Ward
Hundreds of protesters marched around the Greek embassy in London yesterday, Saturday, in solidarity with the fight against austerity in Greece.
The mainly Greek crowd chanted, “People of Europe, unite and fight!” as they held up traffic in the unannounced demonstration.
Activists from Britain and other eurozone countries joined the protest.
Nick Grant, from the NUT union’s national executive committee, brought solidarity greetings from the union.
“International brotherhood and sisterhood means Greek workers will not stand alone,” he said.
Executive members from the PCS and Unite unions sent messages of support.
Representatives from the Right to Work campaign and Refugee Workers Cultural Association of Turkish and Kurdish workers also spoke.
Eleni, a student, said, “Many of my friends are leaving Greece because of unemployment. Austerity isn’t going to solve the problem.”
Tanya, who works in theatre, described events in Greece as “devastating”. “There is this feeling that there is no future for a whole generation,” she said.
Virginia, a Spanish activist, was also at the protest. She said, “What’s happening is systemic. It’s not about how an individual nation state operates, it is about international forces.”
After the march, protesters held an assembly outside the embassy.
They decided to protest on Wednesday afternoon outside the European Union offices, and next Saturday at St Paul’s Cathedral.