Greece was hit today by a a wave of stoppages which effectively paralysed the country. Journalists, teachers, air traffic controllers and many other unions staged the action in order to protest against the economic policies of the current conservative New Democracy government and to express their dissatisfaction with the Prime Minster, Kostas Karamanlis's recent record on issues such as pension reforms.
The move by the Greek government to inject 28 billion Euros into the country's banking sector has also fuelled an angry response by people facing failing public services and ever growing unemployment. In addition the latest economic scandal involving a Greek Orthodox monastery in allegedly illegal land deals with the New Democracy administration has merely added to the Prime Minister's woes.
According to the main opposition party PASOK, the Vatopedi monastery land swap scandal is the 45th such case in the current government's 54 month in power.