CBCNews Report: “Greek Canadians in Ottawa React to Crisis at Home”

“Greek Canadians in Ottawa watched with worry and dismay as rioters took to the streets of Athens over the weekend”, CBCNews reports.

The country continues to deal with an economic crisis, and recently approved tough austerity measures to pave the way for a second bailout package worth about €130 million.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Paul Karalekas at the Hellenic Centre. “I’m ashamed to be a Greek. I hate what they’re doing. The country is in ruins.”

More than 100 people were hurt after Greeks who were unhappy with the austerity measures — which included cutting jobs, wages and pensions —marched on Athens.

George Pitsicoulis said friends and family back home are willing to live with the cuts if it helps stabilize the country.

“It is very frustrating because it did not have to happen,” Pitsicoulis said, “but it’s a bitter pill that has to be swallowed.”



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