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There is a series of votes coming up in parliament, that involve deeply unpopular "reforms", aimed against the Class Formerly Known as "Middle" i.e. against small property etc. There are many MPs that have stated their refusal to vote for these measures. Already under the specter of parliamentary unwillingness the government has reneged (?) from its intentions to "unfreeze" "first home" repossessions. I.e kick people on the street. Also there is a strike wave brewing possibly picking up with a rolling 5-day strike strike by high school teachers, starting next week. Already yesterday a huge anti-government demo in Thessaloniki ended in a series of random "detentions", (with the detainees paraded by the police across streets witth hands behind their heads, war-prisoner style).

There is also the hope by the government that after the German elections Ms. Merkel will be kind enough to throw them a bone of some sorts that they can then wave as a trophy and call snap elections with.

DIMAR will not prop-up a decaying coalition, although they've sort of sentenced themselves to irrelevance. It seems now its possible that they won't make the 3% limit for the next elections

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

by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Mon Sep 9th, 2013 at 02:57:25 PM EST
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with the detainees paraded by the police across streets witth hands behind their heads, war-prisoner style

Class War is the quintessential war of our times. The "Middle" Class is the key target - just as in Babylon, Mycenae, and what not. Probably, the Arabs are even more creative in Iraq, Syria...

by das monde on Tue Sep 10th, 2013 at 01:41:18 PM EST
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Go after those with enough assets to be of interest but not enough power to fight back effectively. In this case it appears to be a group of fit young women, probably with university education, are the target.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 10th, 2013 at 02:22:21 PM EST
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It should become a worldwide motif. Imagine millions of demonstrators throughout the world with hands behind their heads- a homage to the brothers and sisters in Greece.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue Sep 10th, 2013 at 02:30:52 PM EST
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What do the black tee shirts worn by the four women in the photo signify?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 10th, 2013 at 02:51:53 PM EST
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A good photographer's eye! The rest of the pictures do not show everyone in black, although police routinely pick detainees based on the kind of clothes they wear...

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Tue Sep 10th, 2013 at 03:05:37 PM EST
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It is not possible to tell if all four women are wearing the same color of pants, skirts, or whatever. Does a group of women wearing a similar black tee shirt say anything political in this context?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Sep 10th, 2013 at 07:07:30 PM EST
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I'm not even sure that they're all women. See here for a different view of the same "line":


The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom - William Blake
by talos (mihalis at gmail dot com) on Tue Sep 10th, 2013 at 08:10:15 PM EST
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