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Man throws shoe at Greek PM

Last Updated: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 09:15

Athens: A man threw a shoe at Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Saturday in protest against the socialist government`s austerity measures.

The shoe missed its intended target and the man was arrested along with two accomplices, radio reports said.

The incident took place in the northern city of Thessaloniki where the Prime Minister was attending the opening of an international exhibition.

The 49-year-old assailant told reporters he was a radiologist and member of an ultra conservative organisation. He said he threw the shoe in protest at government fiscal and labour reforms.

The austerity measures were introduced in a bid to get the budget deficit down from around 14 percent of gross domestic product to under the EU-mandated limit of three percent by 2014.

Greece was saved from default in May by fellow euro area members, which agreed to lend it EUR 80 billion over three years in return. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) added EUR 30 billion.

Unions and other organisation have a called a demonstration in Thessaloniki on Saturday evening to protest the government`s policies.


First Published: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 09:15
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