State broadcasting employees protest against planned cuts

Employees of Greece's national radio and television foundation (ERT) rallied outside parliament in central Athens on Thursday to protest government plans to shut down one of the three public TV channels, ET1, and reduce the number of employees through reserve labor.

One of the protestors was lightly injured in scuffles that broke out between the demonstrators and MAT riot police who attempted to disperse the demonstration.

Calm was quickly restored, and the demonstrators remained in place outside the parliament building.

ERT employees' federation POSPERT president Panagiotis Kalfagiannis told ANA-MPA that the employees will not allow the closure of the profitable ERT, adding that public television will not be sacrificed to the plans of the government and the EU-IMF troika.

The government's measures affect all public media, including ANA-MPA.


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