Posted by: nikusjka | May 26, 2011

Greek peaceful protests – good or bad?

I just returned from my holidays in Rome and apparently missed a lot of news from Greece. Yesterday (Wednesday 25th) and today (Thursday 26th) about 10.000 people gathered in a peaceful demonstration on the Syntagma square in the center of Athens. Another 5.000 came together in the heart of the north Greece –  Thessaloniki.

You`d say what is so amazing – Greeks always go on strike. Yes, the amazing part is that the demonstrators are peaceful. No crashed, fires, benzin bombs, tear gases.. There is still police guarding the parliament in front of which people are sitting in Athens, but there is nothing really going on. You can see the live streaming from Syntagma Square here: http://www.protothema.gr/article/?aid=124519

The protest was gathered through Facebook and created a buzz. From the news you could feel that people wanted to emphasize that no unions were involved. Demonstrators invite more people to join the movement and they bring beds and tents to the Syntagma square to stay the night. I also found “calls for revolution” in Europe on Facebook here and the one in Copenhagen will be here. People call to act for the true democracy in EU. What do you think?

Honestly I don`t really know what to add, cos just before I was discussing these demonstrations with 2 Greek friends of mine. To my surprise both had too different view on the issue. One side told me that this protest is something amazing for Greece and the change is coming. It`s great cos people were not pushed by unions or politics. They just came there to tell that current politicians are stupid and to get their great country back. They are moved by the true Greek spirit and that`s amazing.

The other side told me that this all is just something government is happy for. The previous violent demonstrations with thousands of people never were shown live in TV or Internet, isn`t that weird? That those people on Syntagma today don`t really have any ideology or things they stand for – they are just not happy with what`s going on.

Two different sides of the same story. What would you stand for?

Tomorrow afternoon on Friday 27th the council of political party leaders will convene in an extraordinary meeting called by the president of Greece Karolos Papoulias, to discuss the economy. We`ll see how it`ll end and what decisions gonna be made, by so far it seems unorganized to me.

Updates

Today on Friday 27th Greek political leaders gathered for an urgent meeting in the parliament in another effort to find a consensus on new measures to pull the country out of debts and avoid default.  As AthensNews reports:

President Karolos Papoulias chaired the nearly four-hour meeting with Socialist Prime Minister George Papandreou, his finance and foreign ministers, and the heads of four opposition parties.

The meeting didn`t lead to any decision to be taken. No comments to the media where made after the meeting, only Georgios Karatzaferis (leader of Popular Orthodox Rally (Greek: Λαϊκός Ορθόδοξος Συναγερμός (ΛΑ.Ο.Σ))) stated that: “unfortunately, some people’s ‘seat’ is above Greece”. Sad statement. With this attitude even the pressure from EU won`t be enough to bring Greece up from it`s knees again.

Meanwhile Greek finance minister, Yiorgos Papakonstantinou (Greek: Γιώργος Παπακωνσταντίνου), said that without the next rescue loans Greece would be unable to pay salaries and pensions to its citizens. Sadly but fact.

People continue to gather on Syntagma square every evening…

Demonstrators at Syntagma Square

Update.

Protestors start to become more orginized. “ΑΓΑΝΑΚΤΙΣΜΕΝΟΙ” how they call themselves or “Angry or frustrated” appeared from the adopted free translation of  the Spanish movement Indignados. Check their website for more information and new protest all over the Greece: αγανακτισμενοι στην ελλαδα (Frustrated in Greece)

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