Protests over weekend; transport disrupted

Thousands of police officers are to be mobilized in Athens and other major cities on Saturday, the second day of a general strike, as fresh anti-austerity rallies are planned in the countdown to a vote on Greece?s new debt deal with its creditors.

Most public transport will be disrupted on Saturday again with only the Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) providing a limited service — between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. — to allow protesters to attend rallies. Taxi drivers are to work as normal. Ferries will remain in port but flights are expected to operate as normal.

On Sunday, there are plans to hold a protest from 5 p.m. ahead of a vote on the debt deal in Parliament, expected either later that evening or on Monday.

Six people were arrested and two injured on Friday in the crossfire of scuffles between police and self-styled anarchists in central Athens.

A relatively small crowd of around 10,000 people rallied outside Parliament but dispersed soon after the scuffles broke out.