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Greece: What austerity has accomplished. Exactly

by talos Wed Oct 26th, 2011 at 05:02:09 AM EST

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Slide 1 (glass): In 2009 23% of children lived at poverty levels
Slide 2 (glass): Today?
Slide 3 (apples): In Athens 1 in 11 inhabitants are fed through solidarity services
Slide 4 (eggs): Last year 6 out of 10 have limited their consumption of food
Slide 5(black): We started our missions in Uganda
Slide 6 (black): Now we face a humanitarian crisis in Greece
Slide 7: Send food to Medecins du Monde

In the press release they are asking for aid to help prevent the winter of 2012 from becoming a killer winter...


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Horrific...and they are still debating how to take whatever they can out of Greece. After all these years in EU now Greece is welcomed to the club of poor: Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Serbia etc.
Shame...but this is just a first domino to fall...First they came for...


Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Wed Oct 26th, 2011 at 08:45:23 AM EST
This then leads to this. In Thessaloniki today, on the city's patron saint day, a rather boring if anything affair usually, certainly not a theater of hate, where two government ministers arrived to attend the parade (knowledge of Greek is not required):

I have never seen anything quite as menacing as this from a crowd here yet on such an obviously non-political occasion.

And it isn't just city feasts. Even football fields have become protest grounds with fans in four different matches around Greece raising political anti-government banners just this past weekend. And many of then were chased, found and arrested for some sort of illegal act that was never made clear:


"Politicians con-men, parliament of snugness, the rage of the insurgents will drown you"


"The people don't want you, take the troika and leave"


Down with the junta of PASOK (a pun with the Greek word for "cop")


"We will not become anybody's slaves"


Anti-german banner at Olympiakos - Dortmund champions league game


Yes to cop redundancies (a reference to mass redundancies in the public sector underway)

I sense that (in the already depressed before the crisis) city of Thessaloniki, today the two ministers were a stone's throw away from being lynched by people of both gendres, all ages and apparently political and class divides...

In tomorrow's big school parade (on the anniversary of Greece's entry into WWII, long story) the festivities are rumored to be sabotaged by students everywhere with various public acts of defiance and disrespect towards government officials.

Government buildings are under occupation, the whole country is striking, demos are being prepared, and are becoming more violent day by day...

I'm not sure what will emerge, if anything, tonight but if they think that they can impose a policy through a government with as little legitimacy as this one they are sorely mistaken. Any caretaker "committee" (already seen as colonial in essence by a majority) will have to face murderous hostility. It will soon find that most areas of Afghanistan would be more hospitable and less lethal than Greece right now. It might sound far-fetched but the only ingredient missing from the brew of revolt being unwittingly prepared by the troika and its local enablers, is a foreign figure of authority stationed in Greece. There are groups that run the spectrum for far right to anarchist that will be elbowing each other for a clear shot at the new "gauleiters".

They will all fail on the economic front tonight, as expected. But they have no clue as to what is going to happen on the political front. I think that although the left has a better chance than elsewhere of riding this tide to some sort of democratic haven, I would reckon that a far right solution is more likely.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed Oct 26th, 2011 at 06:45:38 PM EST
We have been warned repeatedly (since early last year) that austerity and reform were necessary to prevent a breakdown of democracy in Europe. And now see this.

To err is of course human. But to mess things up spectacularly, we need an elite — Yanis Varoufakis
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 26th, 2011 at 06:57:13 PM EST
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How about holding new elections?

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Thu Oct 27th, 2011 at 02:23:44 PM EST
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As soon as the current government falls.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Oct 27th, 2011 at 05:08:14 PM EST
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They will just not give power up. Unless they lose their parliamentary majority nothing can force them to do it, barring a total loss of public order or complete inability to govern. The government's rhetoric right now after the summit is somewhere between Orwellian and in denial: "a new era for Greece", an "achievement" etc. Unfortunately for them they were saying the exact same things at least twice before...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Thu Oct 27th, 2011 at 09:36:13 PM EST
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Retirement, defection, disability and death are at least conceivable. From some of your comments it seems the government only passes some bills by about three votes, 1% of the total parliament.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Oct 28th, 2011 at 12:09:21 PM EST
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Thank you for the info...not that we are seeing a lot from Greece lately. Only those EU leaders parading all over the place. Oh, great, they have reached agreement, joy, joy, joy. Still at least here they are warning that it's not the end...Italy is next to fall to slavery...and then others...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Thu Oct 27th, 2011 at 07:03:31 AM EST
Breaking news: A large demo on the day of the military parade in Thessaloniki (consisting of literally everyone from the far right to the far left, every single protest group imaginable from the silly to the deadly serious) forces the President of the Republic to leave the festivities, complaining that demonstrators were calling him "traitor".

There is a massive crowd in Thessaloniki, demonstrating against the government, and to tell you the truth, I can't find a better way to honor the anti-fascist struggle than by dissolving a military parade organized by those that are delivering the country to the postmodern equivalent of foreign occupation and a new mass privation.

Protests are occurring in various ways in the Athens demonstration as well all parades are now demos and protests, and all over Greece (i.e. in Iraklion in Greece the parade is now a demo, people are throwing eggs against the officials, as the are in Kalamata in the Southern Peloponnese, in Volos in Thessaly and the reports are coming in as we speak...) one hears of schoolchildren defying the rules of the parade and generally the celebration has turned into a huge country-wide demo. As soon as I have images or more info I'll post them here...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Fri Oct 28th, 2011 at 05:07:41 AM EST
Thanks...

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Oct 28th, 2011 at 05:29:00 AM EST
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/28/us-greece-protest-idUSTRE79R27O20111028

(Reuters) - Greeks protesting against austerity measures Friday blocked a major national parade to commemorate Greece's resistance to Italy in World War Two, shouting "traitors" at President Karolos Papoulias and other officials and forcing them to leave.

The protest in Thessaloniki, echoed across Greece including in Athens where marchers held black ribbons, showed the depth of anger at the higher taxes and cuts to pay and pensions demanded by international lenders to help avert a debt default.The annual military parade in the northern city commemorates Greece's rejection of Italy's ultimatum to surrender in 1940. It was the first time it had been canceled.
...In Athens, students paraded in front of government officials with raised fists holding black ribbons as a sign of dissent at the austerity measures adopted by Prime Minister George Papandreou's government.
..."1940-2011: No to the Fourth Reich" read one poster in a demonstration in Cretan city of Heraklion, where protesters took to the streets during a parade.



Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein
by vbo on Fri Oct 28th, 2011 at 08:01:02 AM EST
It is obvious the European leaders are failing to discharge the "responsibility to protect" their citizens. When exactly will NATO and UN intervene to help the poor and the elderly in Greece from slow deaths? Why am I living in such a stupid era?

I will become a patissier, God willing.
by tuasfait on Sat Oct 29th, 2011 at 03:12:48 AM EST


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