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Not the protests themselves, but the whole austerity drive has given them a new lease of life.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed May 18th, 2011 at 06:22:24 PM EST
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What is their stance towards the protesters? Are they considered by the protest movement "part of the system" or do they have some credibility...?

Here the local stalinists are disapproving of these "petty bourgeois" movements that "draw attention away from the class struggle". No. Seriously: KKE said that about Spain, quoting these people, approvingly.
The non stalinist radical left (SYRIZA antarsya to its left, some sort of maoist-trotskyite mix, and the Anarchists) however are pushing the story like crazy, mumbling things like "we're next, eh?" and admiring the fact that the protesters have managed to contain violent groups so far (?) (the MS tv stations have not said a word about these protests so far AFAIK, indicative of the sort of editorial censorship that passes for news here).

These Egyptian reactions I found moving BTW:



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

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Fri May 20th, 2011 at 09:06:26 AM EST
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IU tried to coopt the movement by lodging an appeal yesterday before the Supreme court against the election commission's ban.

I think that's dangerous and counterproductive: the protesters's claim to not be politically affiliated is their stronger argument against the electoral commission ban of the protest during election day and the 24h prior. If IU associates itself with the protesters, they lose their cover of being just regular citizens.

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 21st, 2011 at 03:33:42 AM EST
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