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Greek municipal workers riled by government's austerity plans

Athens has agreed to a sharp cut in the employment levels of government workers, including police officers

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Greek Municipal police officers on motorbikes protest in front of a Greek flag in central Athens on Monday. On Sunday, the Greek government was given more time to make staff cuts. About 25,000 state workers must be moved into a so-called ‘mobility scheme’ by the end of 2013, meaning they will be transferred or laid off within a year.

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Police try to disperse students outside Athens University. Scuffles broke out on Monday between students and riot police outside Athens University after police broke up a student protest inside the university.

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Greek Municipal police officers protest outside the Interior Ministry in central Athens as they hold a banner that reads in Greek ‘No to the elimination of municipal police.’ Thousands of municipal workers staged the demonstration following reports that they will be included in an involuntary transfer scheme demanded by Greece's creditors.

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A municipal worker stands outside the Interior Ministry during a rally against public sector reforms in Athens. The government has promised its international lenders to put around 3,500 municipal workers in the ‘mobility scheme’ by September, meaning they will be transferred or laid off within a year.

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A municipal worker breaks into tears outside the Interior Ministry during a rally against public sector reforms in Athens. Thousands of Greek municipal workers and state school teachers took to the streets on Monday to protest against the public sector layoffs.

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A municipal worker shouts slogans in front of riot police outside the Interior Ministry during a rally against public sector reforms in Athens.

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Municipal police officers stand outside the Interior Ministry during a rally against public sector reforms in Athens.

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