Athens: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived here on Tuesday amid protest by angry Greeks and offered support to the country suffering from debt crisis and hopes that it will continue to stay in the eurozone.
Merkel said that a "tough path" of austerity was the best way for Greece to overcome its economic crisis as thousands of protesters demonstrated a few blocks away.
The country has been going through one of the hardest recession for the past 5 years with the government cutting wages and benefits to raise the country’s economy, but facing tough
protest from the Greeks.
On Monday over 8,000 protestors, organised by labour unions who fed up with wage and benefit cuts during three years of austerity, hoisted banners saying the German Chancellor was not welcome in the country.
However, to provide safety most of the protests central Athens have been banned with another 6,000 police officers, including anti-terrorist units and rooftop snipers have been readied to provide security to Angela Merkel.
She is expected to be in the country for just about 6 hours and this is her first visit to Greece since the crisis erupted in 2009.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 12:38