In greater numbers than on any night since the protests began earlier this week, the ‘Indigants’ kept the date made via Facebook and other social networking sites on Sunday, descending upon Syntagma Square for yet another sit-down demonstration against severe austerity cuts. This night they were joined by protesters in Milan’s Piazza del Duomo, Champs Elysee in Paris and another 100 cities of Europe that held simultaneous peaceful demonstrations.
With people starting to arrive promptly at 6:00 p.m., Sunday’s gathering became the largest of five consecutive protests that have taken place each night at Syntagma opposite Parliament since Wednesday.
The protests have drawn a kaleidoscope of people of all age groups and walks of life that have gathered to protest against unemployment, tax hikes and additional cuts. Those in the square made a mismatched crowd, with school children and youths in rasta braids rubbing shoulders with chic 40-somethings in suits and old-age pensioners. Most of the people arriving had nothing more in common than facebook friends and shared anger at the politicians they hold responsible for the state of the country’s economy.
The groups that came every day had started to organise, setting up teams for cleaning, food, legal support and medical care and there were more tents than in all previous days, as well as a stronger police presence.