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Greece: Decades of Social Progress Reversed

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- As the "ruling parties' continued to engage in sham "discussions" over the details of the new austerity measures, SYRIZA made an announcement attacking the government-of-the-regime:

"Even the most morbid imagination could not conceive of how quickly and shamelessly the ruling parties would betray their campaign promises to the Greek people after the election. Another austerity package is not the change of policy that was promised.

Another round of austerity measures will lead to a new downward spiral of austerity and recession, which will have undetermined consequences for society.

The government-of-the-regime will leave a country pledged to lenders, without schools or hospitals, with millions of unemployed and needy citizens and destitute pensioners.

Mr. Samaras, who is hiding from the Greek parliament and the Greek people, is the best guarantor of the creditors' interests while at the same time, he undermines any expectations our people have for development, democracy and social justice. Samaras and his government are dangerous for the country."

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- The Federation of Pensioners (IRA) is calling on unions and retirees to engage in a massive protest on Tuesday, September 4th at 10 a.m. at the Ministry of Health, to reject new cuts in subsidies for medicines. These cuts put the lives of workers and retirees in danger.

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A spokesman stated, "We demand the government to stop playing games against us. Denying drug benefits places our lives at risk. We demand that drug benefits be given to all, without obstacles and conditions."

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- In the race to keep alive, hundreds of cancer patients living in the Cyclades archipelago are forced to travel to Athens for chemotherapy treatment. This comes at a very high cost and hassle to patients struggling with the disease. The problem is that the island pharmacies and hospitals do not have the necessary funds to purchase the very expensive chemotherapeutic devices.

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- Prices are skyrocketing in Greece. For example, a vitamin formula known as Filicine has almost tripled in price within a three month period, from 1.77 -- to 5.20 --.

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A pharmacist explained that the increase occurred when the Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Technology (IFET), whose purpose is the import of medicinal products at the lowest possible cost, started manufacturing the product.

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Judges propose to padlock courts on September 17

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