Firefighters demand end to hiring freeze


Firefighters in full rescue gear held a rally in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens Tuesday, demanding that the leftist-led government rehire 1,320 workers on short-term contracts. Firemen have been pressing to be included on a list of exemptions from the hiring freeze that applies to some other emergency services. Members of the fire service are also demanding that the government include their profession in the category of hazardous and unhealthy occupations. [Vasilis Rougos/Eurokinissi]