More video of Greek riots, 18 detained, 4 police injured
[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.]
Washington Post, May 13, 2011
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
About half a million people marched through the streets of central London to protest against government spending cuts.
LONDON, U.K. — About half a million people marched through the streets of central London today to protest against austerity measures.Protesters wove past all the major tourist attractions — Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus before reaching Hyde Park. Many marchers held signs paying tribute to the protests in Egypt — one read, “Rise up, Protest Like an Egyptian.” Other signs displayed British wit: “You are tightening your belts around our necks.”
It was the country’s largest demonstration since 2003, just before the invasion of Iraq, when a million people turned out in protest. Continue reading