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Ear to the Ground

Greeks ‘Cannot Take Any More’

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Posted on Feb 15, 2012
AP / Thanassis Stavrakis

A riot police officer tries to extinguish flames from a petrol bomb thrown by protesters outside the Greek parliament in Athens.

Angry Greeks tried to torch Athens after parliament passed an austerity package Sunday. While European leaders continue to press for additional cuts, the Greek minister for citizen protection says the Greek people “cannot take any more ... we have reached the limits of the social and economic system.”

The BBC reports that the decline of the Greek economy is accelerating. Political leaders overcame widespread public and intra-party opposition to pass major cuts in exchange for a bailout from other Eurozone countries, but those nations want Greece to scale back even more and they want a commitment that any future government formed in the near term will implement the austerity program.

With rioting in the streets and Europe knocking on the door, Christos Papoutsis, the aforementioned minister, said his country had done enough.  —PZS

BBC:

After a cabinet meeting late on Tuesday, Mr Papoutsis, a member of the other major coalition party Pasok, said Greece had “made all the efforts that it needed to do”.

“The people cannot take any more. The government is making superhuman efforts, and we have reached the limits of the social and economic system,” he said.

“Greece has owned up to its own responsibilities, and the sacrifices of the Greek people are huge. I believe it is time for everyone to own up to their responsibilities.”

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By omop, February 16, 2012 at 10:29 am Link to this comment

According to several European news outlets the Greeks are blaming
Goldman Sach’s for their economic troubles.

If the Greek Government is not able to maintain civil control like the Syrian
government and starts shooting demonstrators would such actions qualify
for the US to demand regime change?

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By truthseek, February 16, 2012 at 9:35 am Link to this comment

In reply to PatrickHenry’s post: The Black Bloc is in no
way associated with OWS!  The so-called Black Bloc is the
antithesis of OWS.  The Black Bloc is a cancer.  The
corporate state would like nothing more than to have the
OWS movement and the Black Bloc to appear as one and the
same.  Please stop that type of talk.  It is injurious to
the good people of OWS.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., February 16, 2012 at 2:57 am Link to this comment

Something I posted on another “channel”;
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The ongoing attempt at the public rape of Greece by
all involved parties is duly noted.
What garners my attention for the most part is the
lack of meaningful objection by the rest of the EU.
I applaud the Greek people in their
vociferous/demonstrative objection to this blatant
rape.
Fortunately (for Icelanders) banging on pans worked
for Iceland (300,000+ residents), but wouldn’t work
for Greece.
For those who object to the violence I would ask;
what would be your solution when faced with
overwhelming, crushing, violence from the EU/IMF.
Unfortunately many regard violence in a two
dimensional world, not realizing that violence in our
three dimensional world is the force extant, exerted
on populations implemented in the name of reforms and
cost cutting and fiscal responsibility.
The world today is engaged in a multi-dimensional,
violence projected, dogma aimed squarely at the
various populations; both first world and especially
third world countries and their people.
Greece is one of many fulcrums in today’s
geopolitical chess game. Losing this game is not an
option for those who still regard choices as
important.

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By PatrickHenry, February 15, 2012 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Maybe OWS can outsource Black Bloc to the greeks, they seem to know how to do it.

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By camipray4peace, February 15, 2012 at 11:56 am Link to this comment

Sounds very familiar except for the actual protest against the bailout…until OCCUPY!!!!

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By Red Lebowski, February 15, 2012 at 10:05 am Link to this comment
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I have heard that academics will rejoice in the fact that some non academics recall that Athens has burned before - in 480 BCE. In those dark days an (almost) evacuated city was burned by Xerxes, and the expatriated Greeks watched from Salamis, an island just across the channel.

Xerxes lost the war…

Is there a lesson in this history? You bet! What we are watching from our “island” is a commencement, not an ending.”

The Salamis business is part of the educational canon of present-day Iran….

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By Robespierre115, February 15, 2012 at 3:20 am Link to this comment

The Greek Revolution will soon be born and sweep away the old order. The Athens Commune will live! At least I hope!

Meanwhile, if any Ron Paul fans want to see what a taste of his economic reforms would look like: BEHOLD!

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By waytoomanybottlesofrum, February 15, 2012 at 3:19 am Link to this comment
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Maybe it’s time for Greek partisans to start bombing EU and IMF locations.

And if the Greeks succeed in revolution, they better put every able-bodied person in the military to defend against other European powers. Greece cannot be as strong as many other nations, but they can set the Balkans ablaze if need be, and by doing so, set Europe ablaze. Such would be a deterrent.

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