INTRODUCTION: Pensioners in Greece have been calling for increases in their allowances.
SV Demonstrators and speaker with loudhailer, speaking in Greek.
GV & CU Crowds.
SV Pensioners and others walking slowly in street, some with sandwich boards. (2 SHOTS)
SV Protest leaders and man on crutches walking, talking in street. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Pensioners in Greece have been calling for increases in their allowances. They say the money the Greek government gives them is not enough to live on.
COMMENTARY: In Athens, thousands of pensioners marched on Tuesday (12 May) to be Social Affairs Ministry. The pensioners say their pensions are totally inadequate, and they want increase to bring their payments into line with European Economic Community (EEC) standards.
The march follows a recent hunger strike by pensioners in Greece, some of them war invalids. They say the government gives them pensions of hunger, and they are also upset about the government's economic policy.
Inflation is running at more than 25 percent, and Greece has been hit hard by worlds recession. These pensioners, suffering badly of steep price rises, are becoming increasingly vocal in their protest.