By Justin Udo

By Justin Udo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Many people from around the world are keeping an eye on the debt crisis that’s taking a toll on the Greek economy.

On Wednesday, some folks in Philadelphia took a stand for the citizens of that country who are facing some very tough economic times.

With signs and banners in hand, more than a dozen protesters gathered at Dilworth Park in Center City Philadelphia to take a stand against what they call crushing austerity being pushed on the Greek people by the eurozone bailout deal.

“It’s not much but this is step one to build solidarity across borders.”

Matty Boyd with the International Action Center says he sees a lot of similarities in the sanctions and rules being forced on the Greek people to things happening to groups here.

“It’s a battle that we have already started fighting here in Philadelphia with the closing of public schools, the busting of the teachers unions. It’s not going to get any better, unless we see that it’s the same struggle and we have to take it on together.”

Boyd says he hopes what his group is doing can help bring more attention and awareness to social and economic issues affecting people all over the world.