Thousands in Greece rally in solidarity with government

People shout slogans and wave Greek flags during an anti-austerity, pro-government rally in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on February 15, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
People shout slogans and wave Greek flags during an anti-austerity, pro-government rally in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on February 15, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Thousands are taking to the streets in Greece to show their support for a new leftist government, ahead of debt talks with lenders.

They say Eurozone needs to stand united, and their country needs help.

With many of the protesters out of work, they're standing behind their government's refusal to give in to harsh German austerity measures.

Some are even mocking German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"We want to support the government's negotiation, Europe has to understand that without solidarity between countries, then Europe cannot stand. Europe is made up of nations, not bankers. If austerity policies continue, Europe will crumble, united Europe as we know it will crumble, that's why we are supporting the government," said Dimitris Vasilakis, a protester.

Fellow demonstrator Marina Evangelou added: "We have stopped being afraid. We support the government's efforts, and we are hoping for the best outcome."

A recent opinion poll showed that nearly three-quarters of Greeks believe their prime minister's negotiating strategy will pay off.