Protesters gesture outside of the Greek Parliament in central Athens, prior to a rally against plans for new austerity measures, on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. A 24-hour strike by Greece's largest labor unions is set to cripple public services Wednesday, as the Socialist government begins a legislative battle to push through last-ditch cost cutting reforms that will exceed its own term in office. Demonstrators had camped outside parliament since May 25, 2011. (AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis)
June 16, 2011 7:55:35 AM PDT
By DEREK GATOPOULOS and ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece - June 16, 2011 --
Squeezed between worried creditors and an angry public, Greece's beleaguered prime minister tried to tamp down an escalating revolt within his own Socialist party Thursday over new austerity measures.