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Oct 19, 2013

greece-protest-food-finance-minister-ministry-bailout-eu-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationATHENS (Reuters) – Municipal workers marched on the finance minister’s office in Athens with baskets of olive oil, tomatoes and a whole chicken on Thursday in an ironic protest after he suggested his family was suffering like other Greeks in the economic crisis.

The remarks last week by minister Yannis Stournaras caused anger in a country where many accuse politicians of being out of touch with the reality of Greeks struggling to get by during their country’s worst economic crisis since World War Two.

Dozens of workers marched with the food towards the finance ministry on the main Syntagma square, carrying placards with a photo of Stournaras above images of homeless people sleeping rough in the street.

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One woman held a basket with German sausages, claiming they were sent by Wolfgang Schaeuble, finance minister of Germany, Greece’s biggest creditor under a 240-billion-euro bailout by the European Union and International Monetary Fund which saved it from financial collapse.

Police blocked the protesters from reaching the building.

The workers’ trade union said the protest was a “gesture of compassion towards a struggling family. We believe Mr Yannis Stournaras will appreciate this gesture and not ask for a receipt”.

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