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Greek judges, police take to streets over cuts

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  • The head of Greece's Association of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Vassiliki Thanou, reads out a speech during a protest of judicial officials at the country's Supreme Court building, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Judges and prosecutors are threatening to cut court hours in response to pay cuts expected as part of a massive new austerity package demanded by Greece's rescue creditors.

      The head of Greece's Association of Judges and Public Prosecutors, Vassiliki Thanou, reads out a speech during a protest of judicial officials at the country's Supreme Court building, in Athens, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. Judges and prosecutors are threatening to cut court hours in response to pay cuts expected as part of a massive new austerity package demanded by Greece's rescue creditors.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Judges, public prosecutors and court workers have gathered in a demonstration at Greece's Supreme Court to protest new pay cuts expected in a new government austerity package.

Organizers of Wednesday's protest threatened to cut operating hours at the country's backlogged courts if their salaries are slashed as part of the (euro) 11.5 billion ($14.4 billion) austerity measures through 2014.

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Police, Fire Service and Coast Guard associations are planning a protest in central Athens with officers in uniform on Thursday. They are also against the looming pay cuts.

The Greek government needs to approve the austerity package to continue accessing its international bailout loans.

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