18.50 GMT+2 More than 2,000 people gathered in solidarity outside the factory gates already. However, members of PAME (the stalinist trade union) decide to leave, using the pretext of their solidarity demonstration in central Athens on Monday.
The workers of “Greek Steelworks” (Elliniki Halivourgia) in Aspropyrgos, near Athens, had been on a strike since early November 2011 (see our steelworkers tag for background to their struggle).
At dawn today, at least five riot police vans arrived at the factory and riot police raided the building soon thereafter. At least six strikers have been detained. A small number (approximately 30) of scabs have entered the factory since. There is a call for a solidarity demonstration at the factory at 5.30 this evening, while people in solidarity are already gathering at the gates.