Wed Jun 29th, 2011 at 12:34:07 PM EST
...And "Greek Revolution" seems a very appropriate term to describe what is happening in Syntagma square right now...
Too busy demonstrating and participating, to post (Although see some notes from yesterday below), I've managed only tweets... Here's a brief note, to sevrve as an update repository...
Police violence is escalating, propped by groups of partially dubious "anarchists", clashes to day involved "regular" demonstrators, you can cut the rage with a knife, just like the air since teargas is so thick that it's like an alien planet. I'm very worried about where this leads. When the indignants met the first 48 hour strike in 50 years, they became again a force worth reckoning....
The Greek parliament, meaning the compliant team of "socialists" minus just one MP of the ten that hinted they might vote against the Medium Term Programme, just voted 155 for and 138 against (5 present, 2 absent), to sell off the country to banksters and crooks (if they find buyers that is, else they'll give it away), lower life expectancy and gut social spending. At this moment with the scenes in Syntagma looking more and more like Tahrir square and pictures from a battleground, luxury hotels being evacuated and grandfathers (never mind kids) chanting "Cops, Pigs Murderers" and calling for the burning of parliament. I don't think its over yet.
I'm off again to Syntagma. Although getting back might be a tad difficult at this moment...
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Yesterday's notes (that I didn't find time to post here):
Today was a long day. World attention was focused on Greece, its parliamentary decision to accept deficit colonization to save the eurozone and "the world economy
", or remember that it is accountable to the Greek people who are by a huge margin (66% to 23
) against the programme and a majority of them would rather have it voted against (47,5% versus 38,9%
) despite the imminent threat of default.... Thus when the new IMF director Christine Lagarde
rushes to admonish Greek politicians:
"If I have one message tonight about Greece, it is to call on the Greek political opposition to support the party that is currently in power in a spirit of national unity"
She is demanding thus, that these politicians ignore the wishes and sentiments of their voters. Ignore them completely. This blatantly undemocratic intervention in the Greek political system, which everyone in the ECB, the EU and the IMF seems to be repeating nowadays is really solidifying public outrage and makes the already onerous terms of the Medium Term Programme even more unbearable through the sheer colonialism of it all.
Just like the 15th of June a couple of weeks ago, the "Indignant" movement merged with union strikers and then was pushed by a one-two combo of anarchist-police violence and counter-violence, towards chaos, violence and tear gas - and all sorts of tremendously unpleasant noxious (and possibly toxic) chemicals.
The 15th precipitated some major developments in the Greek government, a charade of indecision on a "national unity government" and musical chairs in the Cabinet that turned Ev.Venizelos, a politician with a singularly unimpressive record of managing economic issues (he was in charge of the Olympic preparations and we all know how well that went fiscally) but with very large clout inside the party, and especially with MPs ready to jump ship. This move has bought Papandreou, nothing more than some internal part consensus, although tomorrow and Thursday we will find out how much, since there are at least 4 -10 MPs who are threatening publicly to vote against the Medium Term programme [update: as I said we now know that PASOK's parliamentary team had just one single self-respecting MP - now ousted!].
However the world at large, faced with the possibility of Greek ungovernability, blinked then, and much was said about how Greece can be helped. This was 100% due to the brilliant mobilization of the Unions and the Indignants, who made life difficult for the MPs and put enormous pressure on them. The only red lines are drawn in the streets. Keep that in mind, I think that this will be pertinent in many EU countries in the coming months and years...