Yesterday, Wednesday, 25 May 2011, disappointed and disillusioned, the working people of Greece decided to voice their protest in a new way. Inspired by the Spanish mass rallies, a spontaneous response was organized by the Greek citizens: a protest beyond parties, unions and/or organizations.
The majority of the over 20.000 people who gathered in Syntagma Square, in front of the Parliament Building in Athens alone were below thirty, many young couples with their kids, unemployed and self-employed, small shop-keepers and so on. The slogans were against the whole system with the chant of “Thieves” being repeated every now and then.
Similar protests were held in Thessaloniki, Patra, Volos and other smaller Greek cities.
There is a call for a new rally today – we are waiting to see how the rainy weather will influence people’s attendance. The protesters are making jokes on the social media: “Yesterday it was the people’s rage – today it is God’s rage – we should have better coordination!” referring to a well known greek saying: People’s fury means God’s fury. For the Greek readers “οργή λαού οργή θεού”.
The police presence was much more discreet than usual so there was no violence.
There was no reaction from the Greek government other than an announcement by the President of the Republic that he is trying to organize a meeting of the political leadership of the country under his aegis.
All the photographs are taken from Indy media Athens.