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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Tentacle By Kevin Dayhoff: Demonstrations in Athens

Athens, Greece, January 12 – Demonstrators once again took to the streets in central Athens Saturday afternoon, in another of a long series of strikes, demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience that have rocked Greece since a worldwide economic downturn officially got underway in December 2007.

It was four years ago – in 2009 – that Greece kicked-off the year by announcing its budget deficit would be 12.9% of GDP, more than four times the European Union's 3% limit. Greece was first admitted into the EU in 1981, and in 2001 it joined the Eurozone…


Various recent news accounts indicate that unemployment approaches 25 percent in Greece. Pensions have been reduced and salaries slashed anywhere from 30 to 60 percent.

Meanwhile last Saturday began with signs posted in the Metro that read: “Notice to Passengers. On Saturday 12/1/13, stations, Penepistimio, Syntagma, will remain closed from 10:00 for safety reason…”

Since 2010, Syntagma Square has served as a barometer for rising civil discontent over Greece’s ever-worsening economic crisis. In the past it has been the most popular locale for mass protests and tent-city like occupations, some of which have turned unexpectedly violent in which police have responded en masse with batons, shields and tear gas...

On Saturday, I witnessed more than 5,000 or 6,000 demonstrators marching past the National Archaeological Museum, in a dense, well-organized and loud processional that chanted a Greek chorus of anti-government slogans in a carefully choreographed cat-and-mouse theatrical routine with a full accompaniment of motorcycle police and a phalanx of paramilitary shock riot-police.

See also – related



Why Greece Matters by Kevin E. Dayhoff December 5, 2012


December 12, 2012 The Ghost of Berlusconi Rises Again Kevin E. Dayhoff

While Greece wraps up a six-month effort to secure a new bailout payment, and Washington continues to fail to understand the seriousness of its fiscal responsibilities, the world’s financial markets wobbled earlier in the week when it saw the ghost of Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.




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