Mass protests gathered outside the Greek parliament as the country’s workers mobilised for the first time since Syriza took power in January.
The Syriza ANEL government agreed to push through tax rises and spending cuts along with other austerity measures including raising the retirement age.
Workers shut down the Metro, ferry and suburban rail services, schools were closed and hospitals had emergency staff.
Museums and archaeological site workers walked out and and even news bulletins, newspapers and websites were disrupted because journalists joined the strike.
This 24 hour strike comes after a whole series of strikes- dock workers have been out, teachers held a strike and thousands of school students marched.
The Syriza leaders have had to respond to this popular militancy by talking out of both sides of their mouths- continuing reassure the Troika, imposing austerity while also claiming to ‘support’ the strikes.
They have no choice but to put themselves onside with the movement against the cuts and the pressure on them from their own rank and file.
The battle against the Greek rich and the EU will only be won when workers break from Tsipras and start to rely on their own strength- the ability to mobilise from below.
The anti capitalist left in Greece is placing itself in the heart of these struggles and this strike wave is just a small taste of things to come.