– Common Dreams staff

Greek riot police, gathered aboard transport buses headed to confront upcoming anti-austerity protests in the northern city of Thessaloniki, were prevented from leaving their headquarters on Thursday morning by rowdy protesters.


Greek policemen, and members of police unions (R) push riot police during scuffles outside a riot police facility in Athens September 6, 2012. (Credit: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis)But just who were these protesters blocking them?

Other Greek police officers—many in uniform and waving union and anti-austerity banners—protesting announced budget cuts that would see their pay and pension benefits slashed in yet the latest round of government-ordered budget measures.

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