Watch as pensioners battle with police in Greek anti-austerity protests


Greek pensioners have been battling with police as protests against pension cuts got out of hand - with footage emerging of demonstrators trying to tip a police riot bus.

The bus was blocking the road to the Prime Minister's office in Athens and police resorted to using pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the protesters attacking the bus. More than 1,000 pensioners, some of whom were using walking canes, took to streets to protest against Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' planned austerity measures.

No arrests or injuries were reported from the incident and police have since suspended the use of tear gas at "rallies of workers and pensioners", in response to criticism from opposition parties.

Pensioners chant slogans as they take part in an anti-austerity protest
Pensioners shouted "shame on you, shame on you" in protest to the pensions cuts. (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

The latest cuts in Greece follow six years of austerity measures to combat its financial crisis. Despite the cutbacks, nearly a quarter of Greeks are still unemployed and unable to receive state benefits.

Years of pensions cuts in Greece mean almost half of retired people are living below the official poverty line. Meanwhile, a survey from the National Pension Network found nearly 52% of Greek households rely on pensions to meet monthly expenses .

Pensioners rock a police bus
A police bus blocked the pensioners' path to Greek's left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

"This is a fight for our life. The country has been driven to desperation," said protest organizer Dimos Koumbouris. "They have torn our income to shreds -- taking money that people earned with hard work.

"We have to protest today and keep protesting. There's no other option."