Worldwide day of support
"We are all Greeks" day
18. February 2012. | 15:01 20:53
The pan-European call is addressed to all Western Europe citizens in response to the economic crisis and acute problems facing the Greek community. Social networks with the slogan “We are all Greeks” indicate that the measures passed on Sunday February 12th are imposing major reductions in salaries and pensions while dismissals of civil servants are also planned.
A day with a Greek overtone today throughout Europe as thousands of citizens of the continent, armed with the slogan “We are all Greeks” mobilize hugely in support and solidarity to the Greeks.
The pan-European call is addressed to all Western Europe citizens in response to the economic crisis and acute problems facing the Greek community.
The protest is scheduled to take place at 14:00 outside the Greek embassies and consulates in various cities from Paris to Rome and Dusseldorf to Madrid.
A similar mobilization has been planned in New York in Zuccotti park in which members of the Occupy New York movement have been camped for months.
Social networks with the slogan “We are all Greeks” indicate that the measures passed on Sunday February 12th are imposing major reductions in salaries and pensions while dismissals of civil servants are also planned.
“The Greek people need international solidarity and call for our support. Let’s answer their call. We are all Greeks!”, states the announcement.
The initiative was launched in France, when people asked to be given Greek citizenship by the Greek Embassy with the slogan “I am Greek”.
Specifically, the website jesuisgrec.blogspot.com, thousands of Europeans sign the text of solidarity with Greeks and request Greek citizenship, wishing to indicate their support.
On the same site, there is also a poster that invokes Delacroix’s authority. It is the known painting “Liberty leads the people”, in which the message now appears: “Solidarity with Greece”.
Demonstrations in support of the Greek people
Demonstrations were held in solidarity with the people of Greece on Saturday in many European countries as well as the US. Rallies were organised in Cyprus, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy and many more countries, after an overwhelming wave on support took over the social media.
Cyprus made its presence felt in international solidarity rallies for Greece with an event held on Saturday at the intersection of Ledra and Onasagorou streets in Nicosia.
Holding the Greek flag, many citizens expressed their solidarity for the Greek people, who are suffering from the economic crisis, and protested against the tough stance shown to Greece by European leaders and the troika.
"We are all Greeks", "Support for Greece" and "Solidarity for the Greek people" were slogans written on placards by the demonstrators.
They termed "disgraceful" the measures against Greece and expressed indignation. They also underlined that the stance of European leaders "is not only directed against the sovereignty of Greece, but against the sovereignty of other peoples as well".
Over a thousand people of all ages, even families with children, filled Trocadero square in Paris on Saturday afternoon with slogans of support for Greece.
The atmosphere was militant and enthusiastic. And when Greek music was heard, the crowd started to dance in front the statues adorning the square.
Over 20 French organisations of the left political sector ultimately participated in the rally, as well as Greek students and employees in Paris and people wearing the "Anonymous" mask.
Some of the slogans heard from loudspeakers were "be careful, there shall be another Athens here tomorrow", "today Greece, tomorrow you", "down with the IMF" and "solidarity for Greece and against banks."
In Chicago, a protest was organised outside the Greek consulate. In London the "We are all Greek" rally was help outside the Greek Embassy. The protesters were holding "Stop the looting of Greece" signs.
Around 150 people, mostly Greeks living in Belgium, gathered in front of the Greek embassy in Brussels to show solidarity with demonstrators against austerity measures in Greece.