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Thousands of people protest in Greece

25. May 2011. | 22:22 23:43

Source: Emg.rs

Taking the lead from Spain, more than 50,000 people were gathered at Syntagma square, Wednesday noon, to protest the austerity measures, responding to a grassroots Facebook campaign. The protest gathering is schedulled to end at 11:30 pm. No police presence was reported.

Taking the lead from Spain, more than 50,000 people were gathered at Syntagma square, Wednesday noon, to protest the austerity measures, responding to a grassroots Facebook campaign. The protest gathering is schedulled to end at 11:30 pm. No police presence was reported.

The demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans. Alongside Wednesday's protestors are the so called "300", a group of old people that remain in Syntagma for the last four days and gather signatures for a referendum on the memorandum.

Similar demonstrations have been organised via the internet for other major cities around Greece, including Thessaloniki, Heraklion and Patra, with the calls empasizing peaceful protesting outside of party lines.

Greeks are indignant at a fresh wave of austerity cuts announced this week after painful sacrifices to address a debt crisis last year were partly neutralised by a deep recession that has cost hundreds of thousands of jobs.

It was modeled on a similar mobilisation in Spain this week.

Thousands gathered in Madrid in a protest timed to coincide with Sunday's regional and local elections, which delivered a heavy blow to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's ruling Socialist Party.

The popular protests, slickly organized via Twitter and Facebook, were the largest since Spain's property bubble collapsed in 2008 destroying millions of jobs.

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26. May 2011. 11:12:52

| tous exoume grammenous

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skai,proto thema,zougla,newsit and many bloggers were very honest covering our protest..mega, antenna and state tv were unacceptable..

26. May 2011. 11:12:52

| not so big!

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Great, go and protest, yell, scream, sing songs, while your there even ask for a pay rise, but the question still remains, how is Greece going to pay off her debts? Debts to creditors, loans from your fellow Europeans, junk bonds, pensions etc.?

It's quite obvious our Greek friends won't be able to pay a cent back to anyone and those who are under the illusion that they have the capacity now or in the future is delusional. The simple fact is that Greece should never have been allowed in the euro zone in the first place, it was once again their geo-political position in the world that gave them a free ride into the first world. Yes, they lied their way into the euro, but Europe was not oblivious to this fact, they just didn't expect those Greek boys to hit the credit card so hard.

With that in mind, one must ask, why are the ECB, IMF etc. throwing all this money into a bottomless pit? Are they delusional? Surely not! They tell us it is to protect the Euro and the contagion from spreading, but it's obvious that they are only prolonging the inevitable, intern destabilizing the Euro, region and world markets for a longer period than necessary.

No it's not really about any of that, it's about privatization, corner those Greek boys with no way out and they will accept anything, including the privatization of nearly everything. And when that’s not enough they might even have to sell some of those sacred Greek islands, I hear Turkey are in the market.

Sorry if I offend anyone, but what did our Greek friends expect. They went from a third world economy to the first world without really doing anything, they simply went along for the free EU ride and started living and believing their own lies. In reality, they are the proverbial “welfare state”, they are still per capita the most subsidy dependent state in the EU and that speaks volumes.

Not so big are we?

26. May 2011. 11:12:52

| MICHALIS

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