In addition to the daily rallies in Syntagma Square Greek citizens are now facing the daily strikes report.
In reply to the privatization plans of the Greek Government the union of the public utility Electric power company (DEH – public electricity company) is debating whether it will go on a 48 hour strike. You can imagine what this means in the summer season when demands for energy are much higher. On the other hand, the General Confederation of Greek workers –both public and private sectors-have called a general strike for the 15th of June. On the same day there will be a strike of doctors and Mass Media employees.
Undeterred by all this Mr. Papakonstantinou, finance Minister, goes on planning cuts and taxes limited to the lower income part of the population, already badly hit by unemployment and poverty.
In Thessaloniki progressive Mayor Boutaris refused to allow Mikis Theodorakis, the best known Greek composer of today, to organize a rally in Plateia Aristotelous (Aristotle’s Square)!. Needless to say that Theodorakis went, 10.000 people gathered and the Square was taken over peacefully but “unlawfully”.
Today Saturday 11 June 2011 is the first day of a long weekend and the eve of an important religious holiday. Let us hope that we shall have an epiphany!!