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PSI victims protest in Athens, Thessaloniki

Holders of Greek state bonds staged a protest rally outside the Finance Ministry in Athens on Friday, demanding amends for their substantial losses after the PSI debt restructuring in 2012.

They also demanded a meeting with Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis about the issue.

Meanwhile, a second group of PSI victims protested outside the Bank of Greece building in the northern port city of Thessaloniki.

“The government wants to just let the issue be forgotten by refusing to find a solution,” protesters said in a statement.

“[The government] hopes that we too will give up our efforts to take back what was stolen from us,” they said.

On Wednesday, New Democracy MP Dora Bakoyannis criticized the conservative-led coalition for failing to take action to compensate about 15,000 small bondholders.

In a question submitted in Parliament for Hardouvelis, Bakoyannis said that despite the various pledges made to the victims of PSI over the last couple of years, none of these have been implemented.