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Elderly Greeks hold anti-government rallies, demanding pre-austerity pensions

  • Hundreds of  pensioners take part in a anti-austerity protest, in central Athens, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to unlock emergency funds and stay afloat. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Hundreds of pensioners take part in a anti-austerity protest, in central Athens, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to unlock emergency funds and stay afloat. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pensioners take part in a anti-austerity protest, outside the Labor ministry, in central Athens, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to unlock emergency funds and stay afloat. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Pensioners take part in a anti-austerity protest, outside the Labor ministry, in central Athens, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to unlock emergency funds and stay afloat. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hundreds of  pensioners take part in a anti-austerity protest, in central Athens, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to unlock emergency funds and stay afloat. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

    Hundreds of pensioners take part in a anti-austerity protest, in central Athens, on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Greece and its international creditors are still struggling to agree on a list of economic reforms that are deemed necessary for the country to unlock emergency funds and stay afloat. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)  (The Associated Press)

Holding up walking sticks and chanting anti-government slogans, thousands of pensioners have joined protest rallies around Greece to demand that the country's new left-wing government end cuts to their monthly payments.

The rallies were held Wednesday's in several Greek cities, the largest in central Athens, where protesters marched to the Labor Ministry.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' two-month-old government has promised to roll back austerity measures but is under pressure from bailout lenders to draw up long-term cost-cutting reforms to unlock frozen rescue loans.