Revolutions cannot be square – but Squares can give birth to revolutions
In its 45 days of existence the Syntagma Square “enraged protest” is doing remarkably well. This must be seen in conjunction with the heat wave that has been going on since yesterday with temperatures reaching 38+ degrees. But what is more remarkable is the speed with which this spontaneous movement is spreading in Athens neighbourhoods while it has already done so to almost all the provincial towns.
Greek citizens are reclaiming the public space of the Squares to discuss their situation, make proposals, listen to economists and debate but also show solidarity to fellow citizens: in addition to the free meals served in Church Halls but provided by the congregation, they organize groups to help with the kids of working parents, teachers give extra lessons to weaker and poorer kids for free , well known singers and bands play at free concerts and so on.
From Thessaloniki to Heraklion in Crete, from Lamia to Patras the Squares are meeting and coordinating their actions. While it all started from the Spanish indignados through the internet and sms messages now it has reached all ages. According to one of the enraged I spoke to “the worst case is the crazy fifty years old: they are not only struggling for themselves but for their kids and their future”.