Is Greece a precursor to what will happen globally?
Is Greece a precursor to what will happen globally?
With a senseless act of violence, a powderkeg has erupted in Athens, Greece that could be an indicator of what is to come not only in America, but possibly in every major city in the world. How an individual act of violence has blown up into an almost complete civil breakdown.
The teenager’s death was the catalyst, not the cause, of the protests which have shaken the very foundation of Greece. It’s citizens on a large scale explode in anger over decades of police brutality and government corruption as well as fears for it’s very survival and economic future.
"The whole country is going through a nervous breakdown," said Alexis Papachelas, editor-in-chief of the conservative Kathimerini newspaper.
"Greece is in self-destruct mode. A whole range of problems have accumulated over the years and have now reached a critical point."
Greeks are outraged by high unemployment, low wages, the rising cost of living and public debt which is almost equal to the country’s national output.
It’s the 700-euro-a-month generation who are very well educated, they have university degrees, and yet they have incredible problems finding jobs. 700 euros a month or less and it means people are commonly forced to work two or three jobs.
Greece may now be the current crisis of Europe, but the anti-government protests crippling the country could be contagious.
How it started-
A police officer shoots dead 15-year-old Alexandros Grigoropoulos in central Athens. The policeman says he fired warning shots but witnesses say he aimed at the boy after a verbal altercation with some youths in the Exarchia district.
What happened next-
Thousands protest in Athens hours later, throwing petrol bombs, smashing shop windows and setting fires. Police clash with rioters using teargas, choking the capital’s centre.
– Riots spread across Greece, to the northern cities of Thessaloniki, Komotini and Ioannina as well as the tourist resorts of Crete and Corfu. Police arrest six people for looting smashed shops and one is held for gun possession.
– Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos makes a public apology and later submits his resignation, which is rejected by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.
– Riots sweep across Greece through the night and two police officers are arrested over the teenager’s death.
– Thousands of demonstrators chanting "Killers in Uniform" march for a second day in Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete, Patras, Corfu and Ioannina.
– Karamanlis sends a letter to the dead teenager’s family, expressing his sorrow and promising the culprits will be punished. Pavlopoulos appeals for calm.
– One police officer is charged with murder and another with abetting him.
– Protesters in Athens and Thessaloniki clash with police and hurl fire bombs along the cities’ main streets setting shops, buildings and cars alight.
– The mayor of Athens postpones the launch of Christmas festivities
– Demonstrators launch a third day of protests and occupy university buildings. Dozens of marches bring Athens to a standstill as shop owners count the damage.
– Hundreds battle with police in more than 10 cities across the country, including Thessaloniki.
– Protests spread outside Greece, when 15 demonstrators occupy the Greek consulate in Berlin in solidarity.
– Thousands of demonstrators march in the evening through the heart of Athens, damaging and looting scores of shops, destroying banks and attacking ministries. The city’s huge Christmas tree goes up in flames.
– Karamanlis holds government meeting and Pavlopoulos says there will be no tolerance for such events.
– Police have arrested some 200 people, some for looting during the protests.
– The opposition socialist party calls for elections to end the four days of protests.
– Karamanlis meets President Karolos Papoulias and party political leaders to find ways to end the rioting which has threatened the government.
– The funeral of Grigoropoulos takes place in the outskirts of Athens.
– Karamanlis appeals to unions to unite against the riots and cancel a protest rally during a 24-hour strike scheduled for Wednesday. Both requests are rejected.
Burned and besieged over two millennia by Persians, Spartans, Romans and Turks, this time it was the Greeks themselves who set about destroying the capita. This may be a precusor to what will happen worldwide, the incredible cost of the damage done alone on a worldwide scale cannot even begin to be calculated. It seems as if once again history is repeating itself, only this time from within. Is it possible for a civil war in America against it’s own government? Turn on the TV, as it’s already happening in Athens.
I am not sure the events in Greece have been accurately covered by the MSM. We are seeing these protests being portrayed as lunatic anarchists running rampant in response to the shooting of a teenage boy. While I certainely reject the violence, I wonder if there might be more to this story. It may just be anarchists and it may just be the radical left…but what if the bulk of the protesters are rising in protest to globalization?
The Irish Bulletin brings up an interesting point:
[quote]But is this really what lies behind such
an outpouring of civil unrest? Is the official reason for the rioting
just a cover to paper over some real problems facing the Greek
government? Torching banks? Clashes near Parliament?
Attacking diplomatic vehicles? Yesterday, I heard that ten banks had
been attacked, and it seems strange that all of this is happening
solely over last Saturday’s shooting. Indeed, it is a perfect pretext
for the Greek authorities and the media – not to mention their
counterparts over here – who fear that their cosy relationship with the
international clique of banking criminals may result in them hanging
from shiny lamp-posts from Washington to Dublin to Sydney.
As culpable pawns of the now doomed high
finance and globalisation racketeers, Europe’s political elites fear
that people may get angry, lashing out to regain their countries from
the claws of usurers and speculators. They will naturally seek to
downplay any of the coming uprisings as the work of the controlled
loons on the left, or as something temporary which will pass with
Are we seeing the beginning of an international anti-globalization movement? Are we seeing anger and resistance to the New World Order ruling elite?
Reuters had reported earlier that:
[quote]All of Greece's major Greek lenders will participate in the government's bank support plan aimed at ensuring the continued flow of credit to the economy, the country's finance minister said on Thursday. "It was confirmed that all large banks will participate in the plan fully," Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis told reporters after a meeting with major bank CEOs and the central banker.[/quote]
For sure, our information is foggy but I have a hard time believing that the death of a 15 year old boy would motivate hundreds of thousands of protesters, 99.9% of which are peaceful. I think many in the US feel as though our representative form of government is no longer acting in the best interests of the people. Banks, lobbyists, and internationalists seem to have our government’s ear and support.