Greek protesters are gearing up for German Chancellor Angela Merkelâ€™s first visit to Athens since the financial crisis began with plans for strikes, rallies and a petition demanding reparations from the Nazi occupation.
Greeceâ€™s need for bailouts and the German-led conditions attached to the emergency loans have made Merkel the face of austerity to Greeks. She has been depicted in the media wearing jackboots and an SS uniform. While Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called her visit tomorrow a â€œvery positive development,â€ opposition leaders intend a show of anger and frustration after five years of recession.
â€œMr. Samaras said we should welcome Mrs. Merkel as she deserves,â€ said Alexis Tsipras, the head of Syriza party, which finished second in the June elections and has urged workers, the unemployed and young people, to join the rallies. â€œWe completely agree.â€