This cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail links today's public-sector strikes in Britain with the riots in Athens, where the Greek government yesterday voted through a new package of austerity measures.
A British tourist is getting off the plane, having just arrived for a holiday in Athens. The joke is that he may have escaped 'strike-ridden Britain for a few days', but the situation in Greece is even worse (the burning buildings and smashed windows are evidence of the violent confrontations between protesters and police).
-ridden combines with nouns to form adjectives that describe something as having a lot of a particular undesirable thing or quality, or suffering very much because of it. • Central European currencies weakened in early trade on Monday as euro zone finance ministers wavered over further support for debt-ridden Greece.
• As police crush protests, EU narrowly wins Greek vote (EUobserver.com)
• Violence escalates after Greek vote (Financial Times)