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Demotix: Greeks step up pressure on government as protests continue (2nd of June 2011)
With no end to the series of nighly rallies in sight the Greek political system has been looking on nervously as protesters in Athens's central Syntagma Square has twice blocked the exit of MPs from Parliament. Last night 60 Greek and foreign MPs also had to be evacuated the Coast Guard by the holiday island of Corfu after protesters beseiged a conference on illegal immigration being held in the capital.

As has been the case in Spain and Arab countries the rallies and participants have been organising demonstrations with online media centre springing up to get their message out and nightly popular assemblies which debate solutions to the present economic crisis into the small hours.

With the Greek parliament set to vote on the conditions attached to the latest loan installment from the IMF, European Union and European Central Bank the ruling PASOK administration is in the unenviable position of having to push through legislation opposed by 90% of the electorate.

This can possibly be characterised as legislation passed under duress, and may well be overturned by a future government. Odious debts and all that...

Economics is politics by other means
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jun 3rd, 2011 at 04:02:24 AM EST

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