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Greek transport hit by strike action

Travellers in Greece have been warned to expect major delays as public transport was hit by a general strike.

With parliamentarians today discussing the latest round of austerity measures in the financially stricken country, demonstrators have taken to Syntagma Square in Athens to make their displeasure known.

Banks, ports and all public transport has been badly hit.

Airports are functioning normally after air traffic controllers aborted their participation in the demonstrations.

However, there will be no services to/from the airport on the metro/suburban Proastiakos line.

Other Metro services are expected to run as normal.

“Visitors should expect regular strikes and demonstrations,” warned a Foreign & Commonwealth statement.

“These strikes and demonstrations are sometimes called at short notice and can cause disruption to public transport in and out of Greece (including air travel and ports).”

The latest strike information can be found here.

Greek Austerity

Branding themselves ‘The indignants’, demonstrators have taken inspiration from similar groups in Spain.

Tension has been rising in Greece in the past few weeks, with protestors occupying Syntagma Square for just short of a month.

Greece has already received billions in EU funds as it seeks to avoid defaulting on its national debt.

Eurozone finance ministers failed to reach accord at talks on Tuesday on a second bailout package to avert a Greek default.