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ATHENS, GREECE (RECENT) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF ATHENS CIVIL COURTHOUSE GREEK AND EU FLAGS WAVING OUTSIDE COURTHOUSE CLOUDS PASSING OVER COURTHOUSE MEMBERS OF PROTEST GROUPS OUTSIDE COURTHOUSE MEMBERS OF PROTEST GROUPS ENTERING COURTHOUSE MEMBERS OF PROTEST GROUPS HOLDING BANNERS AND SHOUTING OUTSIDE A COURTROOM WHERE AN AUCTION IS TO TAKE PLACE PROTESTERS HOLDING BANNER READING (Greek) "NO MORE HOUSES IN THE HANDS OF BANKERS" PROTESTERS SHOUTING PROTESTERS CROWDING INTO COURTROOM TO STOP AUCTION RELIGIOUS ICON ON WALL OF COURTROOM PROTESTERS INSIDE COURTROOM, A POLICE OFFICER STANDING AMONGST THEM (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) "I WONT PAY" ACTIVIST LEONIDAS PAPADOPOULOS, SAYING: "People are fed up, they are exhausted from being incessantly pounded by payments and debts and everything that is happening. Today for example a man phoned me from the island of Poros, his first home was up for auction at the civil court in Poros and he was crying." ATHENS SKYLINE, APARTMENTS BUILDINGS WITH ACROPOLIS HILL IN BACKGROUND ACROPOLIS HILL VARIOUS OF APARTMENT BUILDINGS APARTMENT BUILDINGS ATHENS NOTARIES ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT GEORGE ROUSKAS SEATED IN HIS OFFICE (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) ATHENS NOTARIES ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT GEORGE ROUSKAS SAYING: "For a decade Greek banks lent generously and limitlessly, whoever wished to borrow, that meant that all those loans were given with properties as a guarantee. At the moment we are basically in the seventh year of the economic crisis and all that was a given then, has become a given now - but it a bad way : in other words all the loans that are not being serviced, all the loans that have not been refinanced, are now being resolved legally." VARIOUS OF VASSILIS SKOPELITIS AND HIS WIFE ELENI IN THEIR HOME SITTING IN THE KITCHEN TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) HOMEOWNER VASSILIS SKOPELITIS SAYING: "Our dreams have died. Our dreams for life and to achieve something died with this house, it’s over. There is nothing left." VARIOUS OF ELENI SKOPELITIS WORKING IN THE KITCHEN OF HER HOME STAIRCASE OF HOME DOLL HANGING ON THE WALL (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) HOMEOWNER VASSILIS SKOPELITIS SAYING: "Without a doubt blood will be spilled. (Property) is the last thing that a Greek holds on to. They may do many things to him, but to throw him out of his house which he has paid for? Okay I got a loan and I didn't pay it, I should have been paying, but what about those that have inherited it from their grandmothers, grandfathers... Will they let them take it? not a chance." STREET WHERE VASSILIS SKOPELITIS' HOME IS LOCATED ON THE LEFT SECOND FLOOR OF SKOPELITIS' HOME (BEHIND FLAGS) FACADE OF SKOPELITIS' HOME (RED CURTAIN IN WINDOW) FRONT DOOR AND WINDOW OF SKOPELITIS' HOME FRONT WINDOW STREET WHERE SKOPELITIS' HOME IS LOCATED ON THE LEFT (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) LEONIDAS PAPADOPOULOS, "I WON’T PAY" ACTIVIST SAYING: "If something like that happens Greek society will be destabilized. Greeks, Greek families, are closely attached to their homes, there will be unforeseen developments, there will be a social explosion." COURTHOUSE SIGNS IN HALLWAY OF COURTHOUSE WITH PROTESTERS IN BACKGROUND OUTSIDE A COURTROOM PROTESTERS SHOUTING BEHIND BANNERS, IN FRONT OF COURTROOM POPULAR UNITY PARTY MEMBER STATHIS LEOUTSAKOS WALKING AMIDST PROTESTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) MEMBER OF THE POPULAR UNITY PARTY, STATHIS LEOUTSAKOS, FORMER SYRIZA PARTY MEMBER SAYING: "It changed camps, it went over to the other side, it went over to the side of the creditors. It is implementing the orders of the creditors. It is basically a government of servitude to carry out the wishes of creditors." VARIOUS OF ATHENS HOMES AND APARTMENTS BUILDINGS ATHENS STREET WITH PARKED CARS OUTSIDE APARTMENT BUILDINGS, PEOPLE WALKING BALCONIES OF HOMES CARS PASSING AND PEOPLE WALKING ON ATHENS STREET WINDOWS AND BALCONIES OF APARTMENT BUILDINGS, GREEK FLAG WAVING ON BALCONY

As Austerity Digs In, Greek Courts Are Battleground On Foreclosures

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By: Reuters

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