Protesting school guards reach Athens, from Thessaloniki

Dozens of Thessaloniki school guards who have been inducted into a government mobility scheme as part of plans to streamline the civil service marched into Athens on Tuesday after setting off from the northern port city on September 28.

Dubbed the “Primary Surplus, Unemployment, Poverty and Degradation Marathon,” the march, which covered a distance of some 560 kilometers, saw protesters making a stop in front of now-defunct state broadcaster ERT’s former headquarters in the northern Athenian suburb of Aghia Paraskevi, before protesters headed to Parliament on Syntagma Square.

Several streets along the route were closed to make way for the protest, which is backed by civil service umbrella union ADEDY as well as the union of local authority workers POE-OTA.