“According to our estimates, the event brings together 70,000 people,” said the interlocutor of the agency.
According to the correspondent in Athens, Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek parliament in central Athens is packed with people and protesters continue to flock to the city center. The police blocked several streets and erected metal barriers to parliament for safety.
Demonstrations were also held in other Greek cities, including Thessaloniki and Heraklion. 125,000 demonstrators are reported across the country, police said. These figures are the highest since the start of the debt crisis in Greece.
Strikes continue in Greece as the country is experiencing extremely difficult economic situation. The unions are protesting against the austerity of the Greek government, who is seeking additional funding from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. The Greek Parliament will vote on additional measures of rigor on Thursday, October 20.