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Recent Protests in Greece II

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epaulo13
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Statement from re-occupied Syntagma square

by Jérôme E. Roos on September 4, 2011

Yesterday, the indignant of Greece took back Syntagma square, the heart of their movement since May 25, after having released the following statement.

On September 3rd, we are everywhere — we fill up Syntagma Square

The squares are us and we are everywhere. We are all. We started as indignant people, we have decided, and in a little while we will be revolting in masses until those who drove us here go away. Until we kick out the bankers and the market’s governments and system.

We all agree that we do not need any spokesmen in this movement, because by definition, but especially in the context of this political and economic system, they will be corrupted, cut off from the people, and will betray the people. We want to decide collectively for ourselves.  We demand to take our lives into our own hands.

The 3rd of September (the day when the first Greek constitution was drafted in 1843, and also when PASOK, the ruling party was created in 1974) is a date we can retake, by giving it back its original meaning, that of the people’s needs.

The 3rd of September is an important date for us. It is also the day that reminds us of the “cancellation” of the people’s aspirations for democracy, freedom and dignity. That reminds us of the lies told and the mockery made by our government.

We do not have any illusions: we understand that we cannot have direct democracy and people’s rule without overthrowing the government, the Troika, and the whole political and economic system.

We call all citizens to the big demonstration and people’s assembly in Syntagma Square and all the country’s squares on September 3, 2011 at 19:00

BREAD-EDUCATION-FREEDOM
EQUALITY-JUSTICE-LIBERTY
THE SQUARES ARE US AND WE ARE EVERYWHERE
DIRECT DEMOCRACY

http://roarmag.org/2011/09/statement-from-re-occupied-syntagma-square/

 


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Greek austerity: new measures 'catastrophic' say protesters

Strikes bring Athens to a standstill as government announces further swingeing cuts to public sector jobs and pensions

Thousands of Greeks have poured on to the streets of Athens, furious at the prospect of further austerity in a country already reeling from previous bouts of belt-tightening.

As bus, tram, train and taxi drivers walked off the job, joining subway employees and state school teachers in a 24-hour work stoppage, unions vowed to step up their struggle against the cuts with a series of general strikes....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/22/greek-austerity-measures-catastrophic-protesters

epaulo13
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Greek students seize TV station during live broadcast

September 26, 2011

As police attacked protesters on Syntagma Square, a group of Greek students interrupted a live news broadcast and occupied the TV station.

http://roarmag.org/2011/09/greek-students-seize-state-tv-interrupt-live-...


2dawall
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Nobody will bite into this, will they?

2dawall wrote:

Beyond organizing a general strike here, what else can we do to help Greek comrades?


epaulo13
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2dawall wrote:

Nobody will bite into this, will they?

2dawall wrote:

Beyond organizing a general strike here, what else can we do to help Greek comrades?

..there's a call out for oct 15. we could start there.

http://15october.net/where/#comment-36


epaulo13
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Greek protesters occupy key ministries

Greek civil servants protesting the government's austerity measures have occupied several ministries ahead of upcoming talks between the IMF and EU officials.

According to local media, the occupations began in the early hours of Thursday and will continue until Friday....

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/201791.html


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Police use tear gas against Greek protesters

Greek police have used tear gas against the protesters. Clashes happened during the rallying of Greek unions in central Athens on Wednesday in a new protest over the austerity measures applied as the government struggles to avoid default. (video as well)

http://rt.com/news/greece-civil-services-strike-083/


epaulo13
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11 million reasons why Greece is about to explode

Mass wildcat strikes, occupations and protests will culminate into a 24-hour union-led strike on Wednesday. With tensions brewing, violence is inevitable.

Greece is being strangled — and like any organism struggling to survive while being suffocated, it will kick, scratch and fight until its very last breath. This is not an endorsement of the violence we are likely to see on Wednesday — it’s a dire warning to Europe and the IMF that their brutally inhumane policies are triggering a survival instinct that could turn nasty and brutal and run entirely out of control. Greece is about to convulse in flames and teargas once more....

http://roarmag.org/2011/10/11-million-reasons-why-greece-is-about-to-exp...


2dawall
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Are there any events scheduled in other countries to demonstrate solidarity with our Greek comrades, preferably something not on a Friday or Saturday?


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In a Globe and Mail piece this week, Jim Stanford says "it isn't Greece and other weak states being bailed out. It's the banks that lent money to those countries....So far, the euro rescue has focused on trying to assuage the owners of financial wealth, who we euphemistically call 'the markets'." He suggests that "instead of doing everything to keep private financiers happy, European officials need to replace the private debt-credit relationship with a publicly managed one. The private credit system that created all that money, and lent lots of it to Greece, will eventually be socialized, in two distinct ways. "First, the debt itself will be socialized (as the Europeans take continental responsibility for the bonds of hard-pressed member states). But, more important, the leveraged money machine that created the credit and lent it with wild abandon in the first place also will be socialized. Banks will be 'recapitalized,' a euthemism for injecting hundreds of billions of euros of ;public capital into the banking system to offset the capital that will disappear with the coming defaults. Those new funds can be created by (public) banking, through the European Central Bank; taxpayers needn't pay a cent." In the U.S., government took responsibility for massive private debt, socializing it, and partly fincing it by the Federal Reserve's printing of money. "Inevitably, the European system must also be socialized in some form, because the private credit machine is currently untenable...We need to find an alternative way, through public banking, to create new credit to replace the private credit now teetering on the edge of destruction. That's a proposition that German taxpayers should celebrate."

epaulo13
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..according to hudson the greek people have sent europe a message.


Greek Austerity October 13, 2011

Michael Hudson discusses how democracy has been subverted.

http://michael-hudson.com/2011/10/greek-austerity/

 


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Skirmishes between demonstrators and the police broke out outside the Greek Parliament at the start of a two-day general strike on Wednesday as tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets in the largest demonstration in Athens in months, if not years. A crowd of dozens of youths took advantage of the moment to smash several storefronts and begin looting.

The police put crowd estimates at around 80,000 people; some news Web sites said more than 100,000. The police would not release official figures yet.

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"We must endure this battle so that the country can win, we must be calm and rise to the challenge," he said, noting that passing the new measures were crucial to clinching critical rescue funding from foreign creditors.

"The vote will boost our negotiating position, it will give us strength for the E.U. summit," he said. The key goal for Greece, Mr. Papandreou said, was "to stay in the euro zone."

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/world/europe/greek-workers-start-two-d...


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Greek Parties in Talks as Banks Demand Deep Wage, Social Cuts  -  by Alex Lantier

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2012/feb2012/gree-f09.shtml

"Social conditions in Greece are undergoing a horrific degeneration. Homelessness, centered in the two largest cities, Athens and Thessaloniki, has increased at least 25 percent since the outbreak and the crisis. It is estimated that up to half of Greek homeowners will not be able to pay new increased property taxes on their homes, and people are increasingly unable to afford electricity and other basic utilities.

Nikitas Kanekis of the Doctors of the World charity told MSNBC that he fears 'a humanitarian catastrophe'.."

 

Meeting the 'New Homeless' on Greece's Freezing Streets (and vid)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16878756

 


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Bailout Doubt: Greece Agrees to Spending Cuts Amid Euro-Worries (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/greece-cuts-euro-default-935/

"Greek lawmakers have agreed to a last ditch deal and the new spending cuts required to save the country from default. However Germany is insisting the agreement does not yet fulfill all the conditions..."

large demos are occurring (see interview)


epaulo13
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Greeks Call for Solidarity in Strikes Against Austerity

Under pressure from creditors, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the EU, the Greek government is forcing through unpopular austerity measures. The Greek Prime Minister threatened to remove any government minister who objected to the policies.

Wages are to be cut by more than 20 percent, thousands of civil servants will be laid off, and vital social programs will be severely cut. These laws punish the Greek 99% to repay the debts of the ruling class. The government has sold out sovereignty, the poor, and the working class in the interest of foreign creditors and the demands of the 1%. Bankers continue to make millions and corporations pay fewer taxes.

In response, thousands have taken to the streets and occupied the square in front of Parliament. For the second time this week, Greek workers began a general strike for today and tomorrow. Most transportation has been shut down - limited-service trains will allow protesters to attend demonstrations in Athens. Protesters around Parliament have been attacked with stun grenades and teargas by riot police. Similar protests and strikes are underway across Europe, including in Belgium, where firefighters opposed to cuts in their retirement plan broke through police lines with water hoses.

Students also occupied a school and held General Assemblies for protesters. The occupiers released a statement:

"The health structures, the educational spaces, the “welfare” benefits and anything making us productive in the dominant system are now a thing of the past. After squeezing everything out of us, they now throw us straight into hunger and impoverishment."

For years, Greece has been wrecked by the very same policies of austerity also underway in the United States and other countries. From Athens to Oakland, the 99% have awoken - and we refuse to be sold out.


epaulo13
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Building occupations spread ahead of the General Strike demonstration

In Athens, the Law School remains under occupation. The buildings of the ministry of Health and the ministry of Labour are also occupied.

The Town Hall of the suburb of Holargos in the city is now also under occupation, by the local open assembly.

In the northern city of Veria, people have occupied the local “peripheral union” (a governance body).

The prefecture of the city of Larisa is now occupied, and so is the prefecture in the city of Corfu.

In Crete, students have occupied the Polytechnic (in the city of Chania) calling the people of the city to join them at the General Strike demonstration today. People have occupied the town hall of the city of Rethymno, too.

Statement by the Occupied Athens Law School

In order to liberate ourselves from debt we must destroy the economy

The political and financial spectacle has now lost its confidence. Its acts are entirely convulsive. The government of “emergency” that has taken over the maintenance of social cohesion is failing in conserving the labour, and at the same time the consumption power of the population. The new measures, with which the state aims to secure the survival of the greek nation in the international financial world, lead to a complete suspension of payments in the world of work. The lowering of the minimum wage, now also in paper, comes in harmony with the full suspension of every form of direct or social wage....

http://takethesquare.net/2012/02/11/building-occupations-spread-ahead-of...


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Getting Harsher? Greek Cabinet Approves Austerity Bill (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/greek-cabinet-austerity-bill-055/

"The Greek cabinet has approved a draft bill for the new austerity measures needed to secure a $130 Billion bailout from international lenders. The new cuts include making thousands of civil servants redundant and slashing the minimum wage. The legislation was submitted to the parliament, which is scheduled to vote on it on Sunday. Six ministers have quite the cabinet, disagreeing with the harsh austerity measures.

Meanwhile, there has been violence on the streets of the Greek capital with protesters furious about the austerity measures, while a 2 day strike ahs brought the city to a standstill.."

Greece Heading Toward 'Financial Holocaust' - Keiser (and vid)

http://rt.com/news/greece-debt-holocaust-keiser-015/

"Greece's incredible debt has in fact been accumulated in the banks around the world and forced on to the balance sheet of Greece, says financial analyst Max Keiser, referring to the situation as 'financial holocaust'.."

 


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Historic cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens on Sunday as black-masked protesters fought Greek police outside parliament, while inside lawmakers looked set to defy the rage by endorsing a new EU/IMF austerity deal. State television reported violence spread to the islands of Corfu and Crete, the northern city of Thessaloniki and towns in central Greece. Shops were being looted in the capital in the worst breakdown of order since 2008 when violence gripped Greece for weeks after police shot a 15-year-old schoolboy. As parliament prepared to vote on a new 130 billion euro bailout to save Greece from a messy bankruptcy, a Reuters photographer saw buildings in Athens engulfed in flames and huge plumes of smoke rose in the night sky http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/12/greece-idUSL5E8DC0AM20120212

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Greek Police Union Wants to Arrest EU/IMF

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Greek+police+union+wants+arrest+offi...

"Greece's largest police union has threatened to issue arrest warrants for officials for the country's European Union and International Monetary Fund leaders for demanding deeply unpopular austerity measures. In a letter obtained by Reuters on Friday, the Federation of Greek Police accused the officials of 'blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty' and said one target of its warrants would be the IMF's top official for Greece, Poul Thomsen.

'Since you are continuing this destructive policy we warn you that you cannot make us fight against our brothers. We refuse to stand against our parents, our brothers, our children or any citizen who protests and demands a change of policy,' said the union, which represents  more than two-thirds of Greek policemen.

'We warn you that as legal representatives of Greek policemen, we will issue arrest warrants for a series of legal violations such as blackmail, covertly abolishing or eroding democracy and national sovereignty..."


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It seems that EU oligarchs have a flaw in their plan to conquer Greece.  Cops on the front lines of their war on democracy want out of this class war.

All the wealthy low lives and professional bums of Europe are salivating over thoughts of snapping up valuable state assets, the best beaches and tourist spots on the cheap. Next thing they know ol' Phil Windsor of Greece, Edinburgh, Hanover, Denmark etc will want to be made welcome in Greece again as if Greeks don't have enough problems now. 


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'European Union Must Dump Whole Euro': Interview with Edward Spannous, Executive Intelligence Review (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/226207.html

"...If they accept the austerity the people will be destroyed. This is what is happening. The bailouts are not for the countries. They are not for the people. They are for the banks.."


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Athens Burns (and vid, photos)

http://rt.com/news/athens-burn-clashes-riots-145/

"The worst riot damage in years has struck Athens as MPs pass harsh new austerity measures.."

Greek Austerity: It's About Ideology, Not Economy

http://rt.com/community/blogs/debunking-myths-starting-own/greek-austeri...

"...We can only hope for the resilience of the Greek people to keep up the fight for social justice and for massive international solidarity. The first thing is already happening, the latter not (yet).

What the Greeks now practice on the streets has a name: democracy (that's a Greek word, folks)


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Until I read today's papers I thought that the "austerity" crap in Greece was merely about hiking taxes (sales, payroll, other income), laying off public-sector workers, budget cuts, and so on, all in line with the usual bourgeois "living beyond their means" dismissal.

However, there's not enough discussion on the minimum wage cuts. The papers themselves wrote of "riots" while mentioning the minimum wage. Under normal circumstances I'm more cynical about such form of "action," but I definitely cannot shed tears for the broken windows of those who would be eager to take advantage of this change to Greece's labour law.


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Greece And The Rape of The Rentiers,   by Marshall Auerback

http://yanisvaroufakis.eu/2012/02/11/greece-and-the-rape-by-the-rentiers...

"We're one step closer to ensuring that the birthplace of democracy becomes a form of national indentured servitude. That is of course, unless Greece regains some modicum of self-respect and tells the Troika to take a hike and leaves the eurozone.."

 

Goldman Sachs' Mega Deal for Greece (2003)

http://www.risk.net/risk-magazine/feature/1498135/revealed-goldman-sachs...

Goldman Sachs shorted Greek debt after arranging shady swaps

"evidence emerges of a remarkable deal between the public debt division of Greece's finance ministry and the investment bank Goldman-Sachs.."


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Greek Fire: Extremist Elites Gone Wild in Democracy's Cradle  - by Chris Floyd

http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/2215-...

"..And make no mistake: the extremist doctrine being forced on Greece is, in every particular, the ruling ideology of the US, Great Britain, [Canada] and all the 'great democracies' of the West. The aim of the doctrine is the 'final solution' of the 'problem' of democracy: ie, the fact that the rabble keep seeking a decent life for themselves instead of staying in harness to enrich an all powerful elite.."

'Greece Must Plan to Leave Euro' (and vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/226472.html

"Today, Greece has a choice - to contract additional debt with international lenders or leave the Euro Zone and declare bankruptcy.."


epaulo13
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Madrid in solidarity with Greece

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Several hundred people gathered outside the embassy of Greece in Madrid, in solidarity with Greek people, to whom the European Union is asking for great sacrificies. The protesters chanted slogans similar to those of #15M, “Solidaity with Greek people”, “We won’t pay your crisis”, “Cuts to bankers”.

http://takethesquare.net/2012/02/14/madrid-in-solidarity-with-greece/


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Financial Oligarch Power Raping Greece

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A Final Comment

Trapped under euro straightjacket rules, Greece surrendered control over its ability to monetize debt freely, devalue its currency to make exports more competitive, and enact stimulative fiscal policies.

Instead, it's entrapped by foreign bankers demanding tribute at the expense of mercilessly exploiting the nation's working class, youths, and retirees.

Financial oligarchs dominate ruthlessly. They make the rules, set terms, issue diktats, control parliaments, and pressure, bribe or otherwise force capitulation on terms no loan shark would demand.

They include mass layoffs, deep wage and benefit cuts, higher taxes, selling off the nation's crown jewels, and more to assure bankers get paid first. No wonder economist Michael Hudson calls predatory finance "a form warfare."

It operates like pillaging armies, seizing land, infrastructure, other tangible assets, and all material wealth. In the process, countries and ordinary people are devastated.

Greece is effectively bankrupt. Only its obituary remains to be written. Its people have a simple choice - leave or rebel.

Street protests and strikes produce nothing. Banker controlled parliamentarians don't care.

By whatever means necessary, replacing them is crucial. Nothing else can work, and delay only exacerbates intolerable conditions.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=29277


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Elections called for April:

 

"The main socialist party, PASOK, is polling badly and is likely to lose heavily. The main beneficiaries are expected to be the politicians and parties who have opposed the spending cuts - especially the far left." http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2012/s3430933.htm

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I just recently spent 10 days in Greece.  There were protests from the large to the small and personal everywhere.  Yet I get home and find that next to nothing is said.  Such a sad state of affairs our media is in.


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