Greece orders striking lorry drivers back to work
The Greek government has used a rare emergency order to force lorry drivers back to work after a three-day strike.
The drivers have until later on Thursday to return to the roads or face arrest and the loss of their licences.
Most petrol stations in Athens are out of fuel and shops and factories are running low on supplies.
The drivers oppose government plans to open the industry to more competition as part of austerity measures agreed with the IMF and the EU.
The reform is a key part of the multi-billion dollar EU-IMF package intended to pull Greece out of its debt crisis.
Members of the drivers' union said they would not back down and dared the government to seize their lorries. more
Greece orders military to step in as truckers vote to continue strike
By the CNN Wire Staff
July 31, 2010 -- Updated 0718 GMT (1518 HKT)
Athens, Greece (CNN) -- The Greek government ordered the country's armed forces to help deliver fuel as truck drivers voted to continue a contentious strike, state media reported.
Officials said Friday that military vehicles would be used to ensure the supply of fuel to airports, power plants and hospitals, and navy boats could help carry tanker trucks to islands, according to official news agency ANA.
Greece's 33,000 licensed truck drivers went on strike this week to protest government plans to open up their industry and issue new licenses.
The government is required to make the changes under the terms of loan packages from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. more
Greece will be a war zone, Sect of Revolutionaries warns tourists
Security forces fear wave of terror as austerity programme provokes strikes, protests, violence – and assassination
Helena Smith Athens
The Observer, Sunday 1 August 2010
Greek security forces have warned of a wave of violence reminiscent of the terror that stalked Italy in the seventies after urban guerillas threatened last week to turn the country into a "war zone".
"Greece has entered a new phase of political violence by anarchist-oriented organisations that are more murderous, dangerous, capable and nihilistic than ever before," said Athanasios Drougos, a defence and counter-terrorism analyst in Athens.
"For the first time we are seeing a nexus of terrorist and criminal activity," he said. "These groups don't care about collateral damage, innocent bystanders being killed in the process. They are very extreme." more