Greeks have good reasons to protest

Declan Hill, The Ottawa Citizen

Published: Sunday, December 18, 2011


‘Almost everything that you thought you knew about current-day Greece is wrong.»

That thought went through my head as I stood among a mass of demonstrators in Syntagma Square during the recent general strike. There was a festive air: souvlaki sellers amid grandmothers, students singing and lots of street theatre performances. It was unlike any of the images that I had seen; there was no stone throwing, no tear-gas or water cannon attacks. I may have been lucky but there was a wide spectrum of ordinary people marching in the demonstration. The usual suspects were there, of course: the anarchists, the Communists and the general drop-a-hat-see-me-protest lot. But there was also a broad range of others: nurses, farmers, doctors, actors and teachers.

 After the demonstration was over, I walked past the rows of gas-masked policemen (generally far nicer Συνέχεια

Like a Phoenix from its Ashes

Yesterday’s scene in front of Parliament sums it all up. The old clashes with the new as the country is in flames.


Τα σημερινά επεισόδια έκαναν το γύρο του κόσμου – Greece in Pictures: The protests at Syntagma today

Βόμβες μολότοφ, πετροπόλεμος, χρήση χημικών και χειροβομβίδων κρότου λάμψης κατάφεραν για άλλη μια φορά να αμαυρώσουν την ογκώδη διαδήλωση δεκάδων χιλιάδων εργαζομένων του δημόσιου και ιδιωτικού τομέα που βγήκαν σήμερα στους δρόμους της πρωτεύουσας στα διεθνή μέσα ενημέρωσης. Συνέχεια

LIVE STREAMING GREECE – ATHENS (19-10-2011 / 20-10-2011)

Live Streaming ΑΠΟ ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑ 19/10/2011

Live streaming from Syntagma Square in Athens Συνέχεια

The Question on Everyone’s Mind: What is Eurogendfor doing in Greece?

What is Eurogendfor and what is it doing in Greece?

According to their Official website, which you can find here:

«The European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) is an initiative of 5 EU Member States – France, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain – aimed at improving the crisis management capability in sensitive areas. Since Wednesday, 17th December 2008, the High Level Interdepartmental Committee Meeting (CIMIN) decided to Συνέχεια

I wonder if the rest of Europe would react in the same way

I wonder what would happen if the citizens of Germany, France, Belgium, Holland or England  realized all of a sudden that their elected representatives decided they would close down government agencies in areas where immigrant numbers foreshadowed potential instability or insurrection that would warrant my services as a reaper of souls.

I wonder what they would say if state-owned corporations that monitored basic household necessities Συνέχεια

Why isn’t Anyone Talking about the Demonstrations Tomorrow in Thessaloniki?

How convenient don’t you think, my dears? Tomorrow the International Fair , the city’s most important annual event, kicks off in Thessaloniki and no one has spent a single paragraph to tell the world what is about to take place.

No, the foreign press has decided to snub the whole affair, because to them, the Greeks are just lazy, complaining spoilt brats who have no idea what’s going on in their lives. Well, let me tell you Συνέχεια