Athens homeless stage protest in demand of better healthcare, social services

Dozens of homeless people staged a rally in central Athens on Friday evening urging the government to provide healthcare and improved social services.

The homeless – who marched in silence – carried placards reading “Homeless, homeless” and “We have no slogans, we have demands.”

The protest was organized by Klimaka, an Athens-based nongovernmental organization that provides food and shelter to the capital’s homeless.

The organization estimates that the number of people without shelter in Greece has increased by 25-30 percent since 2009 with unofficial estimates putting their number close to 20,000 nationwide.