The Tuesday rallies marks the third day of demonstrations against government mismanagement of the economy.

Numerous university students had earlier in the day staged a two-hour sit-in protest at the ministry of education while chanting slogans against the education cuts that have caused the closure of some 650 high schools across the country as well as 96 university facilities in Athens, Press TV reported.

Civil servants had also staged sit-in protests at five ministries in response to the recent announcement by the Greek government to lay off some 30,000 state employees to reduce its widening budget deficit.

The entrances of ministry buildings including the agricultural, development, culture, finance and social security were all blocked according to a local police official.

About 20 other protesters had also occupied the office of the Labor Ministry.

“There is a very big turmoil and very deep anger in society,” said Ilias Iliopoulos, the secretary general of the public sector union ADEDY (The Civil Servants’ Confederation).

“Today’s protests mainly have to do with the labor reserve and firings. But there is also the new budget which brings new measures against the people,” Iliopoulos added.

Meanwhile, representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank and the European Commission are currently in Greece to decide whether to grant the debt-ridden country the next installment of bailout cash.

This comes as Greece on Sunday admitted it would fail to meet the 2011-212 budget deficit reduction targets set out by the IMF and the European Union.

Greece could run out of cash by mid-November if all parties involved fail to reach an agreement.

Moreover, Greece’s largest workers unions have called for massive 24-hour protests in order to bring the capital of Athens to a halt on Wednesday.

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