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Greeks strike as fury over state TV shutdown grows

Published on Jun 13, 2013 8:28 PM

ATHENS (AFP) - Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Greece on Thursday as workers staged a nationwide strike to protest against the government's dramatic shutdown of public broadcaster ERT.

The protesters gathered outside ERT's offices in Athens and Thessaloniki to call on Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to reverse his decision to pull the plug on the broadcaster as part of sweeping cost-cutting measures.

ERT employees, stunned by the sudden loss of their jobs, were defiantly transmitting rogue broadcasts on the Internet and the Communist party television channel.

The government responded with the threat of legal action.

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