Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
I'm back from downtown and the scenes are like from a civil war. Hundreds (or thousands, impossible to estimate) are trapped inside the metro station in Syntagma, where it was impossible until a while ago to escape, because the atmosphere above is unbreathable. Dozens of injured, poisoned, burned by teargas canisters shot against them from close range, are being treated in makeshift hospitals, since the camp's hospital was teargassed away from the square. The situation is barely discernible from martial law. Cops on motorcycles hit people walking on the road, riot police threw tear gas in coffee shops, 2 km away from Syntagma and even grocer shops, three metro stations were blocked by police forces throwing tear gas and terrorizing people away.

The clashes continue. There is no doubt, the chief of police has said as much apparently, that the police wanted to dissolve the demo in Syntagma for good. The government media (and that includes the major private channels) are trying to spin this situation as the working of anarchists or even of the left. They are desperate and they are dangerous. Democracy has failed. Europe has failed democracy.

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

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Wed Jun 29th, 2011 at 02:06:27 PM EST

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