In Greece, austerity kindles deep discontent

[The continuing–and deepening–of the worldwide crisis of the imperialist system continues to elude  management and control by the imperialist’s economic and political strategists and managers.  Their intelligentsia and their mass media continue to portray the crisis as one of failed policies–and not as a crisis of capitalism.  The Washington Post–a major “liberal” media operation in service of US hegemony–has turned attention, once again, to the situation in Greece, which continues to unravel in both economic and political terms.  Their “analysis” of the  root causes and growth factors of the Greek (and European) anarchist movements ends up with some insights, but conclusions no deeper than the “wag of the finger, tip of the hat” of comedic lore. — Frontlines ed.]

By Anthony Faiola

Washington Post, May 13, 2011

"Measures meant to shore up the country’s finances have sparked protests that go beyond the bounds of normal civil disobedience and reinvigorated the anarchist movement." (Washington Post caption)

Athens — Already struggling to avoid a debt default that could seal Greece’s fate as a financial pariah, this Mediterranean nation is also scrambling to contain another threat — a breakdown in the rule of law.

Thousands have joined an “I Won’t Pay” movement, refusing to cover highway tolls, bus fares, even fees at public hospitals. To block a landfill project, an entire town south of Athens has risen up against the government, burning earth-moving equipment and destroying part of a main access road.

The protests are an emblem of social discontent spreading across Europe in response to a new age of austerity. At a time when the United States is just beginning to consider deep spending cuts, countries such as Greece are coping with a fallout that has extended well beyond ordinary civil disobedience. Continue reading

Athens: Protestors clash with Greek police

AlJazeeraEnglish | December 06, 2010
Police and demonstrators have clashed in the Greek capital, after thousands of people gathered to mark the anniversary of a police shooting.
The demonstration marks two years since police shot dead 15 year old Alexandros Grigoropoulos.
His death sparked weeks of rioting, the worst Greece had witnessed in several decades, bringing the capital to a standstill.
This October a police officer was jailed for life and another for ten years over the shooting.
As well as marches in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki, the Greek civil servants’ union’s also marked the anniversary, stopping work for three hours.

Al Jazeeras Nadim Baba reports from Athen.

People’s anger at economic crisis dominates Greek anti-junta commemoration demo

AFP, 18 November 2010

Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest in Athens

Riot police detain a demonstrator during a protest in Athens

ATHENS: Thousands of people marched in Athens on Wednesday to commemorate a 1973 student revolt against a US-backed junta, but brandishing banners protesting the financial crisis gripping Greece.
Around 20,000 demonstrators took part in the annual march, police said, with a large turnout from student groups, workers and leftist party supporters.

“We paid for their profits, we will not pay for their crisis,” read one of many protest banners targeting capitalism. “Oppose austerity and submission,” said another.

People of all ages, from pensioners to toddlers accompanied by their parents, participated in the annual three-kilometre demonstration.

The protesters also shouted anti-American slogans as they marched on the US embassy, the traditional focal point of the annual protest. Continue reading