Greek civilian employees at the United States air base at Hellinikon, near Athens, and other American military bases in Greece began a three-day strike on May 18.
1. GVs Outside of base with strikers (3 shots) 0.18
2. SV Police standing by squad car 0.22
3. GV Demonstrators outside base 0.24
4. GV Striker signs on outside of base 0.27
5. GVs & SV Base, base entrance and Greek flag at entrance of base (3 shots) 0.38
6. SV PAN & SV Strikers outside base and organiser speaking to driver of car (2 shots) 0.54
7. GV Strikers' placard 0.57
8. SV PAN & SV Police motorcyclist and Greek officer from base talking to strikers (2 shots) 1.06
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Background: HELLINIKON, GREECE
Greek civilian employees at the United States air base at Hellinikon, near Athens, and other American military bases in Greece began a three-day strike on May 18. The employees said they were protesting over alleged "U.S. Command pressure and blackmail" and the fact that it considered Greek employees as "second class citizens". They were also protesting against the replacement of Greek personnel at the bases with U.S. civilians. In addition, the strikers are demanding protection from the Greek government by the inclusion in the Greco-American bases agreement, due to be signed shortly, of a stipulation that the American command will have to apply Greek labour laws on the bases. And on May 15, thousands of communist-led peace marchers demanded the closure of U.S. military bases in Greece. The socialist government of Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou is currently negotiating the future status and operation of the bases.
Source: REUTERS - TRANSEAST, ATHENS