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Second bishop cheers on ?indignant? protesters

Bishop Ambrosios of Kalavryta and Aigialeia on Tuesday became the second Greek metropolitan to champion an ongoing anti-austerity movement by thousands of Greeks who have been protesting the government?s economic policies for nearly a week in central squares in Athens, Thessaloniki and other cities.

?Let us all go out into the squares, let us all be indignant citizens,? the bishop wrote on his blog, referring to the movement, which takes its name from a Spanish campaign by ?Los Indignados? and has been organized via social networking sites including Facebook and without the involvement of labor unions.

?Greece is losing itself, it is sinking ? soon we will be foreigners in our own home,? Ambrosios wrote. ?So rise up! Get off your couches, leave the bars and the cafes behind and go out onto the streets for a peaceful demonstration. Stay there for a few days and stage a peaceful revolution,? the bishop added.

His comments came a few days after protesters, who on Tuesday gathered in city squares for a seventh day, found an unlikely ally in Thessaloniki?s conservative bishop, Anthimos.