Greek Protests, Greek Revolution

The Western mass media’s censorship is not merely for Spaniards. The systematical censorship hurts Greek protesters, too. In the recent days, finally after about a month, some Western media covered the Greek protests. The Greek Indignants have remained in the Athens’ main square since 25 May, when the new wave of the Greek protests began . The first wave, in 2010, was the largest Greek protest since the massive demonstrations which brought down the dictatorship in 1974. But the Greek protests/revolution were really bloody, and at least a dozen were killed in Greece, the heart of Europe. In the recent weeks, after the Spanish “15-M” movement , On May 25, 2011, the Indignant Citizens Movement , also called the Greek revolution , started demonstrating in many cities across Greece, and the demonstrations are ongoing. This second wave of massive demonstrations is different from the demonstrations of May 2010, in that it is not organized by any political party, nor does it supports any, and it is more peaceful. Sparked by the 2011 Spanish Protests, these demonstrations were organized entirely using social networking sites. But the main weak point of the Greek protesters is like the main weak point of the Spanish protesters: ‘ The majority of the sources, the articles, the news, and the blogs/websites about the protests are in local language, not in English.’

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The main root of Greek protests, like Spanish protests, is
economical-Political. The protesters at Athens’ central Syntagma Square, shouting Thieves, Thieves and waving banners at politicians inside the nearby parliament building. Some Western Media said: “Tax increases announced last week -on everything from property to restaurant bills- in addition to the sale of state assets and closure of public utilities, have sparked outrage at a time when seven out of 10 pensioners are forced to live on 700 a month and civil servants, the bulk of the Greek labour force, have had a 20% pay cut. With the employed at 16%, 42% of whom are aged between 20 and 35, the measures have sent thousands of Greeks who would normally never protest converging on city squares” In fact, in response to the first wave of spending cuts and tax increases, the nation-wide strikes began in May 2010. Airplane, train, and ferry traffic, schools, some hospitals, and many private businesses were closed. Hundred thousands of the people marched through Athens. As protests gained momentum, a large group tried to storm the parliament building in Syntagma Square in Athens . The protesters shouted to MPs : “Thieves, Thieves”. In fact, the the Greek people think that the corrupt Greek politicians are the main responsible of the today’s problems in Greece. Some Western media say: “The widespread corruption, inflated government payrolls and vanishing productivity that accumulated during those years, along with huge amounts of public and private debt, were the target of Papandreous reform campaign, a man who had only recently seemed a refreshing change from the previous generation of Greek leaders, distancing himself from the state-controlled economics of his father [!!], Andreas, who ruled in the 1990s”

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“We are facing a dead-end, the possibility of bankruptcy any day. The austerity measures are very difficult to accept. But some measures are fair; we were living in a bubble, spending money we didnt own . Other measures are not just. We should be totally opposed to privatization of certain industries” a Greek protester said. Now, in the recent days, George Papandreou, the socialist prime minister, announced he would seek a vote of confidence on a new government after offering to resign and broker a new national unity coalition with opposition conservatives. Now the Western media say: “Following the fall of the Irish and Portuguese governments in recent months after driving their countries into bankruptcy, it appeared that the eurozone’s worst crisis was claiming another scalp. Despite the heightening sense of urgency, EU governments, the ECB, and the European Commission remained gridlocked over how to respond to the debt emergency, which pushed Greece closer to sovereign default and Europe towards a fresh banking crisis ” Now, the austerity program has hurt economic growth in Greece, and sent unemployment up sharply. The five-year austerity plan is expected to face a vote in Parliament in before the end of the month. Now many ask :”The euro zone is going to collapse ?” Who knows, but the Maastricht treaty explicitly prohibits a eurozone country from leaving the euro.

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In Athens, some demonstrators threw rocks, bottles, and pieces of marble at the police. Numerous trash bins were lit on fire. Shouts of “murderers” and “burn the parliament” were heard across the city. Across Athens, at least 12 people were injured, and more than 70 people were detained for questioning. The Greek protests are the most violent protests in the Europe, and the brutality of the Greek police are so embarrassing for the whole Europe and its ancient heart, Greece. A Greek protester said: “Opinion polls tell up to 50 percent of people do not want to vote in the next election. People are saying we are sick of it, sick of a very corrupt and self-serving political system. People are extremely angry. These are not just leftists protesting. They are pensioners, housewives who have never been interested in politics, teenagers. They call themselves the indignants, after the Spanish. I have seen the price of consumer products increase by 20 to 30% . People are struggling to pay bills and are on edge. Greek families are very tight and parents are very involved in their childrens lives. Their hopes and visions for their childrens futures have been swept away in less than two years. They cant help their 20 year-olds find jobs, because 50 year-olds arent sure they can keep their own” Many of the protesters were elderly, giving some of their younger counterparts pause for thought. When you see people in their 70s and 80s, 75-year-old people and they are yelling, what do you expect for tomorrow? I am 21. You cant expect anything , said Apoltolis Andreou, an economics student. If they told our parents 20 years ago that we were going to be like this … they would be crazy. We know that the situation in Iran, is really much more worse than the Greece’s.

One of the rare English websites of the Greek protesters is: http://www.occupiedlondon.org/blog/

One Response to Greek Protests, Greek Revolution

  1. lyudico says:

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