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ATHENS, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Greece's public sector was hit on Thursday by a 24-hour strike and ferries remained docked at ports across the country, as labor unions staged peaceful demonstrations against labor reform and the new round of austerity measures.


Before marchers leave Syntagma square in the centre of Athens, another general strike was called for on December 8, when members of parliament are scheduled to vote on the 2017 draft state budget.


Approximately 5,000 people, according to police estimates, participated in the rallies organized by the umbrella union of civil servants ADEDY and the Communist party affiliated union PAME.


Teachers, doctors, municipal employees and seamen walked off the job to protest the new planned wave of tax hikes, cuts on salaries and pensions and job insecurity.


Protesters rejected as "suicidal" the draft bill on the assessment and mobility of civil servants which is due to be put to vote on Friday and the 2017 draft budget.


Addressing the crowd, unionists said that the further streamlining of the public sector under the third Greek bailout program reached last year will only make harder the everyday life of citizens.


"We say no to old and new memoranda," read banners. "Enough is enough," demonstrators chanted, denouncing also the plan to change labor laws to ease mass layoffs and the extra taxation foreseen in the draft budget.


Elpida was among the demonstrators on Thursday. She has lost hope of ever getting a decent pension, after many years of unemployment during the debt crisis which started in late 2009, she told Xinhua.


She said she will not stop protesting against the Left-led government's painful policies and against creditors' harsh requests in exchange of further rescue loans.


Despina Archonti shares Elpida's frustration.


"They are about to vote on a new set of measures which are supplementary to the policies implemented so far. They are a nightmare, in particular this new draft bill tabled yesterday which is put to vote under fast track procedure on mobility, which will do anything than help covering the needs of civil services," she told Xinhua.


Although the turnout in recent protests is far smaller than the mass demonstrations held in the early years of the Greek bailouts, the latest opinion polls reflect voters' anger also at the Left-led administration which took office in January 2015.


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his first government had pledged to tear up the memoranda and put an end to austerity, but eventually were forced to agree to a new bailout and also implement painful measures to address the crisis.


Although some of the latest financial indexes are rosy, indicating Greece is returning to growth, people on the streets on Thursday expressed pessimism as creditors push for more measures in order to close the second review of the program soon and start negotiations on debt relief.


BEIJING Cheap Zlatan Ibrahimovic Jersey , Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Now comes the best season of China.


Autumn is not just a season for harvest. In most part of the vast country, the heat and humidity of summer have gradually faded away while crispy air and light breezes attract people to do more outdoor activities.


Therefore, sports events gathered over the weekend as there were one international meet and two national level competitions kicking to a start together with two marathons and several other competitions including cycling and race walking.


Beijing world championships winner Liu Hong took an easy win in an 10km race walking event held in Hong Kong on Sunday.


Ethiopians Goitetom Haftu Tesema and Belachew Alemayehu Ameta took the women's and men's victories in Wuqing marathon in Tianjin.


In the meantime, Ethiopian runners swept both the men's and women's podiums in Taiyuan marathon in China's middle province Shanxi where more than 30 Cheap Victor Lindelof Jersey ,000 professional and amateur runners joined races in different categories.


Also on Sunday, Poyang Lake cycling event saw its sixth stage won by Georgiev Petrov of Bulgaria. Poyang Lake is China's second largest behind Qinghai Lake where the cycling event named after the lake has become the most famous cycling tour in China.


On Saturday, the national games for the disabled and China's special Olympic Games opened in Chengdu, Sichuan province when the national mind sports games began in Zaozhuang Cheap Timothy Fosu-Mensah Jersey , Shandong province with a total of 2,150 players from all over China competing in Chinese chess, Chess, Go Cheap Sergio Romero Jersey , Bridge, Draughts and Gobang.


At the same time, an international event for creational sports started in Qingdao, Shandong province as over 900 athletes from 92 countries and regions will compete in sports including rock climbing Cheap Scott McTominay Jersey , dragon boat and roller skating.


NAY PYI TAW, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The second meeting of Myanmar's 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference, which lasted six days from May 24 to 29 in Nay Pyi Taw, gave birth to some union accords for peace for the first time in Myanmar's history.


A total of 37 adopted principles Cheap Romelu Lukaku Jersey , based on the Nationwide Cease-fire Accord (NCA), were incorporated into a union agreement and signed by representatives of participating groups of the government, parliament, military Cheap Phil Jones Jersey , signatory armed groups to the NCA and political parties on Monday, the final day of the conference.


State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, who is also chair of the conference's central organizing committee and the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), hailed the signing as a significant step towards peace Cheap Paul Pogba Jersey , national reconciliation and the emergence of a democratic federal union, urging all organizations and individuals that have not participated in the conference to join the historic endeavor towards a peaceful democratic federal union.


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