Greek Protests and corrupt Democracy

Wednesday, June 28, 2011, Greece’s parliament approved the five-year austerity plan with 155 votes in favour and 138 votes against, and after that the Greek protests, the Greek revolution entered a new phase. On the second day of a 48-hour general strike, opponents had vowed to blockade parliament in the hope of obstructing the vote on the austerity package. But security in the centre of Athens was and is high, and the Police clashed with the protesters outside parliament. Yesterday, Peoples Assembly of Syntagma square said: “the police using unparalleled brutality has attacked peaceful citizens who have committed the felony of the free expression of protest , a right that even the president of the Parliament has acknowledged … teargas assaults even to the first aid station and the metro station platforms, and total bombarding with chemicals as far as Monastiraki. This is the democracy of the Midterm Agreement. Well done! Let them take it with them together with the elite police squads and go where they belong. Nowhere! The people are still on the streets. We continue the resistance decisively! We defend Democracy which was reborn these days in Syntagma square and all the squares of the country and we banish on the street all military laws And since Junta did not finish back at 73, it is about time that we finish it now!” The crowd start clapping and chants Cops, Pigs Murderers! Some Greek protesters said: “Police attacking the square with unprecedented amount of teargas. Everyone is refusing to leave the square. Main slogan is Bread, Education, and Freedom, the junta did not end in 1973”, People Rise Up, Theyre Sucking Your Blood .” And some Greek activists say: “Corporate media lie about this, Corporate media lie about that”. In fact, now the Greeks understand Iranians’ situation in 2009, and realize that Western mass media are Corporate media, not people media, not free media. Now Greeks say: “Europe Rise Up, Theyre Sucking Your Blood The economic situation in Greece is really serious. The VAT rate for restaurants and bars is being hiked from 13% to the new top rate of 23% !!! . This rate already covers many products in the shops, including clothing, alcohol, electronics goods and some professional services. Salaries will be reduced by 15% !!

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Herman van Rompuy, president of the European Council, swiftly welcomed the result: “This was the second, decisive step Greece needed to take in order to return to a sustainable path. In very difficult circumstances, it was another act of national responsibility . ” The jerks always support the jerks. The contemporary history of Greece can show us many things. The Greece is a Republic but Papandreou’s family, Karamanlis’ family, etc are the junta who rule Greece like the Royal Families. In October 1944 German forces withdrew from Greece, and the Papandreou (grandfather) government returned to Athens in triumph . However, tensions arose almost immediately when Papandreou ordered the ELAS, the largest armed force in Greece, to disband. ELAS nominees withdrew from the government, and in December the police fired on a left-wing demonstration in Athens. Fighting soon developed between the ELAS and the small Greek forces at the disposal of the Papandreou government, which were backed by British forces. Greece lurched toward outright civil war in October 1946 , when the Communists formed the Democratic Army as a successor to the ELAS. In 1955, unknown Konstantinos Karamanlis, who was to dominate Greek political life for the next four decades , was appointed as Prime Minister. Karamanlis resigned in 1963. In the February 1964 elections, when Papandreous party won the majority, there were allegations that Papandreous son, Andreas, (the father) who had returned from a career as an economist in the US to enter Greek politics, was involved with an organization of left-wing radical army officers known as Aspida (Shield) . After the older Papandreou moved to assume control of the Ministry of Defense, he was accused of seeking to protect his son. Papandreou resigned in July 1965. Before the elections could take place, a group of middle-ranking army officers led by Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos launched a bloodless military coup on April 21, 1967. The junta, who came to be known collectively as the Colonels, claimed that they had acted to forestall a Communist-inspired coup, although no evidence for this was ever produced. Following the coup, a civilian was appointed as prime minister, but it was immediately apparent that real power lay with the military.

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After the coup, the Colonels suspended the constitution, abolished political parties, imposed censorship , and annulled a number of reforms that had been introduced by the Papandreou government. The Colonels did not enjoy total support within the army, however, and in December 1967 Constantine II launched a countercoup. After this failed, the king went into exile. After investigating complaints, in 1969 the Commission of Human Rights of the Council of Europe determined that political prisoners in Greece had suffered torture and degrading treatment. But Greece remained a member of NATO. Western governments criticized the regime at times but took no formal action against it. The US continued to provide aid to Greece, which it considered crucial to stability in the eastern Mediterranean . The junta introduced a new constitution in 1968 that institutionalized the militarys grip on the government. In 1973, following an unsuccessful mutiny within the navy, Papadopoulos abolished the monarchy and declared Greece a presidential republic. In a referendum in which he was the sole candidate, Papadopoulos was elected to an eight-year term as president . In 1973, antigovernment demonstrations headed by university students culminated in the occupation of the Athens Metsoveion Polytechnical University in the fall of 1973. The military brutally suppressed the occupation, and a number of students were killed. Papadopoulos was overthrown by an even more extreme hard-liner, Brigadier Dimitrios Ioannidis, who was head of the much-feared military police . In elections held in November, Karamanliss conservative New Democracy (ND) Party secured a clear victory and he retained his position . A subsequent referendum resulted in an unambiguous vote against the restoration of the monarchy, and in June 1975 the parliament approved a republican constitution.

In the elections of 1977, Andreas Papandreous radical Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) emerged as the principal opposition party with a 25 percent share of the vote. In elections held in October 1981, Andreas Papandreous PASOK party swept to power with 48 percent of the vote . Once in power, however, Papandreou did not carry out the threats he had made as an opposition leader to withdraw Greece from NATO and the EC. Although his anti-American rhetoric proved popular with Greeks who blamed the US for its support of the junta, the government agreed to allow U.S. military bases to remain in Greece . Domestically, the PASOK government instituted sweeping reforms, including legalizing civil marriage and abolishing the dowry system , overhauling the university system to give junior staff and students more power, and introducing a national health service. The history of foreign intervention in Greece is long and meaningful. In December 1947 a Communist-backed provisional democratic government was established. And the Greek national government received support from Britain, but it especially benefited from the support of the US . Following the proclamation of the Truman Doctrine in March 1947, the US pledged large amounts of military and economic assistance to the anti-Communist forces. Air power and the presence of American military advisers gradually caused the tide to turn, and the last strongholds of the Communist forces in the mountains on the Albanian frontier fell to government troops in the summer of 1949. Wartime occupation and the civil war that followed devastated the Greek economy. In 1952 the right-wing Greek Rally Party won the election, and Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos became prime minister. Greece joined NATO that year. A new constitution gave women the right to vote !!, and Papagoss cabinet included Greeces first female minister .

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Growing economic problems, coupled with scandals in the government and in Papandreous private life, contributed to PASOK losing its parliamentary majority in the elections of June 1989 . The conservative ND formed a coalition government with the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), an unprecedented development in Greece. Further elections, held in April 1990, gave a narrow majority to the ND, led by Mitsotakis. The new government was able to use its parliamentary majority to secure the reelection of Karamanlis as president. (Karamanliss second term as president ended in 1995.). In 1993, Papandreou returned to power when PASOK won the majority of seats in new elections . However, in contrast to his first administration, Papandreou introduced few new policies. Illness forced him to resign in January 1996, and he died six months later . His successor, Simitis, who represented the modernizing, technocratic wing of PASOK, was confirmed in office in national elections in 1996. In the late 1990s Simitiss government focused its attention on making Greece eligible to share a proposed single currency, the euro, with other members of the EU . The EU excluded Greece from the list of 11 countries that joined EMU in 1999, but Simitis maintained austerity measures intended to reduce inflation and the countrys budget deficit . PASOK retained a slender majority in the April 2000 national elections, and Simitis returned as prime minister. The austerity measures backed by the government proved successful, and in June 2000 the EU invited Greece to join EMU. Greece officially adopted the euro in 2001. In 2004 Simitis resigned as leader of PASOK. Just a month before the March 2004 general election, PASOK elected George A. Papandreou, Greeces foreign minister and the son of Andreas Papandreou, as the party leader . But PASOK failed to win enough votes, and the conservatives of the New Democracy Party swept to power. The partys leader, Costas Karamanlis, nephew of former prime minister Constantine Karamanlis, became Greeces new prime minister . Later in 2004 the minister of the Economy and Finance announced that Greece had understated its annual budget deficit since 1998 in order to meet requirements for joining EMU. The EU granted Greece a grace period to bring the deficit under control . Greece hosted the Olympic Games in August 2004.

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The corrupt politicians of Greece, a small country with 10 million population, could not bring the deficit under control and Greece went bankrupt. Some westerners’ comments in western mass media are interesting: “As an Athenian, I must write that it is heartbreaking to see my city torn apart while 300 people, most of whom are fundamentally part of the problem, decide on dubious solutions without any form of mandate, even in the loosest sense of indirect democracy … The Greeks need to get rid of the entire families of all the ministers in the last ten years who was busy filling their coffers while the country further sunk in depth .. Kill kill kill kill kill the poor… “Spending more than they earn is a hallmark of socialists” No it is a hallmark of bankers, as is obvious from this crisis. They are still spending ‘other peoples money’. And if the Greek government lied, it is the very pinnacle of naivety to believe those nice innocent German bankers and EU politicians did not know this … No it is a hallmark of bankers, as is obvious from this crisis. They are still spending ‘other peoples money’. … If the Greek government lied, it is the very pinnacle of naivety to believe those nice innocent German bankers and EU politicians did not know this … I was in Syntagma Square yesterday and it was like being in hell. I have never witnessed so much violence from the police in all the demos and protests in Greece … We are not a representative democracy. We do not have a free press. Our judicial system is criminal. Entrepreneurship is virtually impossible. Meritocracy is unknown … There is still some ignorance about the Greek austerity cuts. “This is nothing to do with evil bankers. This is all about evil bankers. This bill amounts to financial coup d’etat authority over sovereign governments … The banking mafia are our now clearly the US / European equivalent to the tyrants and dictators

The Greek, Spanish, and British protests, can show us that :”The main problem of Europe is the corrupt democracy. i.e. the corrupt politicians, the corrupt media, and the corrupt banks/corporations “. Now some European protesters say” “Europe rise up and put an end to the ill and corrupt democracy, and establish a real democracy .” We should not forget that the corrupt politicians of the West, support the corrupt Mullah Rapists and their Islamic regime in Iran.

Another website that cover the Greek protests in English is : http://www.keeptalkinggreece.com/

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