Greece: workers blockade state electricity sites

(AP)  ATHENS, Greece — Protesting power and municipal workers blockaded several state electricity company buildings around Greece Monday, in protest at an emergency property tax being collected through electricity bills.

Members of an electricity workers’ union cut off power last week to the Health Ministry for four hours, and on Monday blocked the entrance to a site where power disconnection orders are issued.

Pharmacies also closed in greater Athens, demanding that state-assisted health insurers settle growing debts. On Tuesday, transport workers are to hold a four-hour stoppage to protest staff cuts.

Greece is imposing austerity measures to secure an installment of international rescue loans, without which it will run out of money by Dec. 15.

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