39 Percent of Greeks Plan Protests Against Austerity Measures

ATHENS, May 8 (Reuters) – A large majority of Greeks oppose austerity measures agreed by the government in exchange for financial aid and 39 percent say they are ready to participate in protests against the cuts, a poll showed on Saturday.

The poll by Public Issue for the Kathimerini newspaper, which was based on a survey of 527 Greeks, showed 66 percent opposed the measures, which include deep cuts in wages and pensions, and 68 percent supported protests against them.

But a smaller number, 39 percent, said they were prepared to take part in demonstrations. The poll was conducted on May 4, the day before some 50,000 people marched in Athens and three people were killed in a petrol bomb attack.

(Reporting by Renee Maltazou; Writing by Noah Barkin)
Sat May 8, 2010 12:00pm EDT

Source: Reuters

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