Will it be the Pensioners to start it?

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Will it be the Pensioners to start it?

Greek Police Fire Tear Gas, Use Pepper Spray On Protesting Pensionersby Tyler DurdenOct 3, 2016 10:54 AM

Familiar scenes returned to Athens today, when Greek police fired teargas at a demonstration of pensioners protesting over cutbacks to their benefits, part of an austerity drive dictated by the Troika (or was it Quadriga). Between 1,500 and 2,0000 pensioners attempted to march to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's office, however they were blocked when riot police blocked their path, intercepting them with pepper spray and tear gas.

Greek pensioners called on the nation to rise against the government’s harsh austerity policy as they attempted to break through a cordon of police buses and special operations troops barring their way to the prime minister’s residence.

.........this is the wave of the future...in Canada...

with bankrupting Canada, collapsing need for our raw materials, shaming of our war industries and violations against our Indigenous Nations...inevitably! our pensioners will take the brunt of future government austerity measures......

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

I hear one of the hallmarks of crack investigative journalism is anonymity. Smacks of such a high level of professionalism, not putting one's name to one's work.

Unionist

Here's a link that actually, you know, exists:

[url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/03/greek-police-fire-teargas-... police fire teargas at pensioners during anti-austerity protest[/url]

 

Rev Pesky

From the article posted above:

Quote:
...Greece’s leftwing government has imposed cuts on pensions this year as part of its bailout commitments to international lenders, with the International Monetary Fund pressing for tougher measures.

...Fifty-two per cent of Greek households rely on pensions directly or indirectly to meet monthly expenses, the survey found.

...Tsipras’s government is facing mounting public discontent as it prepares to approve new measures in the winter – including loosening employment rights and mortgage protections.

Leftwing government?

ikosmos ikosmos's picture

Rev Pesky wrote:
Leftwing government?

Good point. When they're repressive, they're left wing. When they're preaching the economic blessings of austerity and neo-liberalism, then they're just sensible "middle of the road" politicians.

ETA: Thus Spake the once "left wing" Guardian. That is actually a pretty big "tell" - to use the terminology of poker players - that the Guardian isn't what it used to be.

I would like to see the Raging Grannies expand by leaps and bounds however. And maybe be joined by the Grumpy Grandads.

Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo's picture

More like left wing heroes!

Go read some of the older Tsipras/Syriza threads!  They were going to turn the whole world on it's ear... until they evidently didn't.

"Curse you, and your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

bekayne

Rev Pesky wrote:

From the article posted above:

Quote:
...Greece’s leftwing government has imposed cuts on pensions this year as part of its bailout commitments to international lenders, with the International Monetary Fund pressing for tougher measures.

...Fifty-two per cent of Greek households rely on pensions directly or indirectly to meet monthly expenses, the survey found.

...Tsipras’s government is facing mounting public discontent as it prepares to approve new measures in the winter – including loosening employment rights and mortgage protections.

Leftwing government?

ZeroHedge is a right wing site.

bekayne

Oh, there's twenty-thousand grandmas
Wave their hankies in the air
All burning up their pensions
And shouting, "It's not fair!"
There's a regiment of soldiers
Standing looking on
And the queen is bravely shouting,
"What the hell is going on?"

With a blood-curdling "tally-ho"
She charged into the ranks
And blessed all those grandmas who
With their dying breaths screamed, "Thanks!"

ygtbk

Mr. Magoo wrote:

More like left wing heroes!

Go read some of the older Tsipras/Syriza threads!  They were going to turn the whole world on it's ear... until they evidently didn't.

"Curse you, and your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

OK, as a Firefly / Serenity fan, that was a good reference.

Unionist

ygtbk wrote:

Mr. Magoo wrote:

More like left wing heroes!

Go read some of the older Tsipras/Syriza threads!  They were going to turn the whole world on it's ear... until they evidently didn't.

"Curse you, and your sudden but inevitable betrayal!"

OK, as a Firefly / Serenity fan, that was a good reference.

The cancellation of Firefly after a single 14-episode season will go down as one of history's greatest infamies.