Supporters of the communist-affiliated union PAME take part in a rally to mark May Day in Athens, on Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)
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Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Athens Sunday as Greece's parliament prepared to vote on a controversial tax and pensions overhaul which has sparked mass opposition. Police said almost 15,000 people turned out to march in Athens and the second city of Thessaloniki against the measures demanded by the EU and IMF that the government is seeking to adopt ahead of a crunch meeting of eurozone creditors in Brussels Monday. The austerity measures are part of a package demanded by the European Union and International Monetary Fund in exchange for a 86 billion euro ($95 billion) bailout agreed in July, the third for the debt-laden country since 2010 .Ahead of the Brussels meeting, differences between the creditors themselves have emerged over extra reforms demanded by the IMF that could amount to another 3.6 billion euros of cuts by Greece.Both the EU and the IMF have agreed that debt relief could be considered.
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