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May Day in Greece

The 1st May in Greece is a public holiday that stands for International Workers Day and a time where people have the opportunity to request better working conditions.  It was initially a public holiday day and an idea originally brought about by the Soviet Union to celebrate the former struggle of the workers and the success of the communist movement. Whilst today it has less communist links it is still an extremely popular event in former soviet states and other European countries where workers groups and unions are active and schedule major strikes.

Today strikes and demonstrations are expected throughout Greece in support of an end to the spending cuts and job losses that have been imposed on the people of Greece since the strict compulsory measures on the country to solve the debt crisis.